The Missouri Air Conservation Commission and the Missouri Clean Water Commission are both comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Currently, both commissions have vacancies.
On October 26, 2018, Missouri Air Conservation Commissioner Jack Jones resigned from the commission. With Mr. Jones’ resignation, there remain only four commissioners who are: Gary Pendergrass, Mark Garnett, Ronald Boyer and Kevin Rosenbohm. To approve regulations, all four commissioners must vote in the affirmative. Therefore, all four commissioners must be present at meetings when the commission intends to take action.
On December 8, 2018, former Missouri Clean Water Commissioner Ben Hurst resigned from the commission. Mr. Hurst notified the commission that he had become employed as an assistant U.S. attorney. As an assistant U.S. attorney, potential conflicts of interest could preclude his participation in Commission matters. Presently, there are two vacancies on the Clean Water Commission. The commission’s current members are: Ashley McCarty, Patricia Thomas, John Reece, Stan Coday, and Allen Rowland.
Keywords: Environmental Law, Missouri Clean Water Commission, Missouri Air Conservation Commission, vacancies, resignations