Senate confirms Nelson to administration post

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon’s appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane.

The Senate on Monday signed off on the appointment of Doug Nelson as commissioner of administration.

Nelson had been scheduled for confirmation last week. But that was delayed after lawmakers learned Nelson — as acting administration commissioner — had approved the purchase of the plane by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Some lawmakers are upset by the cost of the plane and the fact they weren’t told in advance.

Although it was bought by the patrol, the new King Air 250 is available for use by Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials. Nixon has defended the airplane as a good long-term investment.

Thanks for visiting NewsTribune.com, home of Central Missouri’s daily newspaper. We hope you’re enjoying our content and will consider purchasing a digital subscription today! Click Here to subscribe to our print edition with unlimited online access today.

Reminder: 7 day print subscribers already get unlimited access to newstribune.com. Just click Here to log in.
Forgot your password?
Click here to reset it automatically.

A digital subscription entitles you to unlimited access to our online coverage. This includes local news and sports coverage, photo and video galleries, and more – the best of our print edition and beyond at the ease of when and where you want to read it.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

News Tribune - comments