The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has chosen a new chairman to replace former chairman Rudy Farber, whose term ended on March 1st. During a highway commission hearing, Farber announced that Lloyd “Joe” Carmichael (D-Springfield) will succeed him and fill the position as chairman. Carmichael says Farber is a tough act to follow.

Carmichael thanked his fellow commissioners for their vote and confidence. “I’d like to thank Rudy (Farber) for all his hard work over the last year…and if we get this funding proposal through, frankly, it will be in large part because of your leadership and effort in that regard,” he says. “And that’s a tremendous legacy.”

He says Farber’s message to him is “don’t drop the ball.” Carmichael says he promises to keep the ball in place while he serves as chairman.