Nixon appoints deputy director of economic development after failed confirmation

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 7:58 a.m. CST; updated 9:32 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 14, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — An appointee who couldn't win Senate confirmation as Missouri's economic development director has received a new job in the department.

Senate Republicans recently refused to confirm Jason Hall as department director — a position to which he had been appointed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in late December. Some senators claimed Hall lacked enough private-sector experience to direct the department.

Nixon said at the time that Hall would continue to have a role in his administration.

Nixon's office confirmed that Hall is serving as deputy director of the Department of Economic Development. That position does not require Senate confirmation.

Before his short-lived tenure as director, Hall had served as executive director of the Missouri Technology Corp. — a state-created nonprofit organization that aids technology- and science-based businesses.

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