Gov. Nixon appoints acting director at Department of Natural Resources

Monday, August 30, 2010 | 1:01 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 30, 2010

COLUMBIA — Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Kip Stetzler acting director of the State Department of Natural Resources on Monday, replacing Mark Templeton.

Stetzler has been a part of Nixon’s administration since January 2009. Since that time, Stetzler has been the acting director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, the director of the Taxation Division of the Missouri Department of Revenue, the director of reporting of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the director of the Western Regional Office of the Governor. Stetzler also was an assistant attorney general from 2000 to 2008.

A news release sent out on Monday said that Templeton, Stetzler’s predecessor, is becoming the executive idrector of the Office of the Independent Trustees of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust. He will be responsible for ensuring that funds are available to address the claims of those affected by BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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