King Air 250

MSHP airplane
11:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Doug Nelson Confirmed As Mo. Commissioner Of Administration, Despite Airplane Concerns

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon's appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane.


The Senate on Monday signed off on the appointment of Doug Nelson as Commissioner of Administration.


Nelson had been scheduled for confirmation last week. But that was delayed after lawmakers learned Nelson — as Acting Administration Commissioner — had approved the purchase of the plane by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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MSHP airplane
6:43 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Mo. Senate Delays Confirmation Of Nixon's O.A. Chief Over Airplane Purchase

An example of a King Air 250 airplane -- the same type of aircraft purchased by the MSHP in December.
(Courtesy Hawker Beechcraft)

Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) choice to head up his Office of Administration will have to wait a bit longer before permanently taking over.


Acting Commissioner Doug Nelson’s confirmation is being delayed in the Missouri Senate after news broke that the State Highway Patrol spent around $5.6 million on a new airplane, which has been designated for use by the Governor and other statewide officials.  State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia), who sponsored Nelson’s nomination, first wants to know who made the decision to buy the plane, and why.

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