Mo. gov. appoints administration commissioner

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a longtime aide to oversee the administrative functions of state government.

Nixon said Wednesday that he was removing the “acting” preface from Doug Nelson’s title and making him the permanent commissioner of administration. Nelson has served as the acting commissioner since last February.

The Office of Administration oversees state budgeting, accounting, facilities, computer services, contracting and personnel.

Nelson previously was the deputy chief of staff in the governor’s office and served as a deputy administration commissioner from January 2009 to February 2010.

Nelson is a lawyer who worked in the attorney general’s office from 1990 to 2009. Nixon was attorney general for most of that time.

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