After 3 misfires, Greitens names new school board member
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — After three previous failures, Gov. Eric Greitens has named a new member to the Missouri Board of Education.
Greitens on Friday said he named John Sumners, a police and fire chaplain from Joplin, to the board.
Sumners has been a church pastor and chaplain and has also worked with the Webb City and Reddings Mill fire districts.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports one previous nominee withdrew after she said Greitens was pressuring board members to oust current Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.
A second nominee declined the appointment and a third withdrew after it was learned he wasn't qualified.
Sumners is scheduled to take the oath of office on Tuesday. His appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.