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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - Former IDEM head to lead Missouri's Department of Natural Resources [Updated]

The Daily Progress today carries an AP story by Katie Kull that begins:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has chosen the commissioner of Indiana's Department of Environmental Management to lead Missouri's Department of Natural Resources.

Carol Comer will be the newest addition to Greitens' Cabinet. She worked under Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who will be sworn in as vice president Friday.

A video posted Wednesday to Greitens' Facebook and Twitter accounts showed the governor standing by Comer in front of the Missouri River. Comer touted her success in partnering Indiana's environmental department with economic organizations to promote business and investment.

"I'm looking forward to doing the same thing here in Missouri so that we can protect the air and the land and the water quality, but still encourage economic growth," she said on the video.

[Updated at 1:00 pm] Here is a more detailed story, from Celeste Bott of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It includes a video announcement. From the story:
Comer, who stood beside Greitens for the announcement, said in Indiana, the Department of Economic Development partnered with the Department of Environmental Management to create jobs and attract businesses and investment.

"I'm looking forward to during the same thing in Missouri, so that we can protect the air and the land and the water quality, but still encourage economic growth, so that everybody prospers," she said. * * *

Comer was rumored to have been on President-elect Donald Trump's shortlist to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, before Greitens' announcement on Wednesday. Pence, her former boss, campaigned for Greitens during his gubernatorial bid.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 19, 2017 08:28 AM
Posted to Indiana Government