Sara Parker Pauley has been nominated to the position of Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources by Governor Jay Nixon. The department has not faired well under Nixon’s previous appointee, so Pauley faces rebuilding a damaged enterprise. She will also need to repair the agency’s relationship with the General Assembly.
Pauley previously served at the department as a deputy director during the administration of Governor Bob Holden. She must be confirmed by the state Senate, where tough confirmation hearings are expected, but will serve as director during the process.