Governor Makes Controversial Appointment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An appointee who couldn’t win Senate confirmation as Missouri’s economic development director has received a new job in the department.

Senate Republicans recently refused to confirm Jason Hall as department director — a position to which he had been appointed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in late December. Nixon said at the time that Hall would continue to have a role in his administration.

Nixon’s office now confirms that Hall is serving as deputy director of the Department of Economic Development. That position does not require Senate confirmation.

Before his short-lived tenure as director, Hall had served as executive director of the Missouri Technology Corp. — a state-created nonprofit organization that aids technology and science-based businesses.

Some senators claimed Hall lacked enough private-sector experience to direct the department.

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