Governor Nixon is looking for his fourth economic development director in four years. The state senate has refused to confirm his appointment of Jason Hall .  Hall resigned before the senate could take a confirmation vote and after Nixon refused to withdraw the nomination. 

Several senators say he would have been good to serve as an associate director where he could get the experience needed to direct  the department.

Hall is 36.  He will join the governor’s office staff.   Nixon deputy counsel Chris Pieper will become acting DED director.  He’s a former general counsel for the agency.