Missouri economic development director resigns after Senate committee refused vote

Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 11:51 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development has resigned after failing to win confirmation from the state Senate.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that Jason Hall resigned after the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee refused to vote Wednesday on Hall's appointment.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer said some Republican senators did not believe the 36-year-old Hall had enough private-sector business experience to lead the department.

Hall had been serving as director since Nixon appointed him Dec. 30. He had served since 2009 as executive director of the Missouri Technology Corp., a state-created nonprofit organization that aids technology- and science-based businesses.

Nixon said Hall will continue as a "senior member of the governor's administration."

Former department legal counsel Chris Pieper was named as acting director.