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story.lead_photo.caption Robert Brinkmann

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has a new leader.

Robert Brinkmann, who has been on the commission for four years, was named the MHTC chairman Thursday.

MHTC is the six-person bipartisan governing body of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Brinkmann, a Republican, is chief executive officer of Brinkmann Constructors and a registered professional engineer in Missouri.

He is also a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Foundation Board of Directors, member of the St. Louis Police Chief's Club and the Academy of Civil Engineers, as well as an Honorary Trooper of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Former Chairman Tom Waters will remain on the commission.

"It has been my great honor to serve as chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the past year," Waters said in a news release. "The recent passage of Senate Bill 262 will bring new funding to MODOT, and I am excited to see how the state's transportation system will benefit from the increase in the coming years. I look forward to continuing my work on the commission under Mr. Brinkmann's leadership as the new chairman and wish him well as he takes on this new role."

MHTC Vice Chairman John Briscoe remains in his position as the commission's second in command.

Briscoe is a partner in the Briscoe & Brannon law firm. He previously served as the prosecuting attorney for Knox County and Ralls County, as well as a member of the Missouri Bar Board of Governors for 12 years.

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