Governor Announces New Missouri DNR Director

7 years 10 months 1 week ago Monday, December 13 2010 Dec 13, 2010 Monday, December 13, 2010 7:41:24 PM CST December 13, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Governor Nixon announced Monday Sara Parker Pauley will be Missouri's new Department of Natural Resources director. Pauley is a native of Columbia and said she grew up outdoors with grandparents in the Ozarks. Pauley served as the deputy director for DNR from 2001 to 2005. She also oversaw the staff and budgets of the State Historic Preservation Office, Energy Center, Technical Assistance Office and Communications Office.

Pauley said the ongoing water quality issue at the Lake of the Ozarks is at the top of her list.

"It is a priority for this state and for this agency and so I will just reiterate what the Governor said. It is a priority and we will get busy, quickly with that," Pauley said.

Pauley replaces former DNR Director Mark Templeton. Templeton resigned in August to become the Executive Director of the Office of the Independent Trustees of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust.

Kip Stetzler had been the acting director while the Governor searched for a new one.

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