Missouri lawmaker to resign and take county office

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 | 3:41 p.m. CDT; updated 5:01 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A state House member from southwest Missouri said he'll resign to become presiding commissioner in Stone County.

Republican Dennis Wood, of Kimberling City, announced Wednesday he will accept appointment by the governor to fill the vacant county post. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's office had not announced an appointment as of Wednesday afternoon.

Wood said he'll resign the House seat and be sworn in as presiding commissioner on Thursday.

He was first elected to the House in 2002 and would have been barred from seeking re-election in 2010 because of term limits.

Wood said it was a difficult decision to give up his last year in the legislature, but he wants to continue serving Stone County residents.


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