JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has chosen a new director for the state Department of Agriculture.
The governor planned to announce the appointment Thursday afternoon during a news conference at a farm in the northwest Missouri town of Rushville.
The Agriculture Department has had interim leadership since Nixon abruptly replaced director Jon Hagler on Oct. 11. The move came one day after a high-ranking agency employee distributed a letter saying she was resigning because of what she called a hostile work environment.
Hagler has told The Associated Press the timing of the letter and his departure were coincidental. He said he had informed Nixon's office he was ready to leave the office, and he denied leading the agency with hostility or intimidation.
Nixon's appointee will need confirmation by the state Senate.