Blunt begins appointing for gubernatorial term

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:55 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov.-elect Matt Blunt announced appointments Tuesday to the Department of Revenue, the Public Service Commission and his gubernatorial staff.

Blunt said he would nominate Trish Vincent as director of the Revenue Department, which he said is one of the state’s most important agencies because its work affects every resident. Vincent has served as the deputy secretary of state for business services for four years.

“The Department of Revenue is an area that we can improve customer service and work to be a better steward of Missouri tax dollars,” Blunt said. “Trish Vincent has demonstrated the ability to do exactly that in the Missouri secretary of state’s office.”

Blunt also announced he would appoint Public Service Commissioner Jeff Davis as chairman of the commission.

Gov. Bob Holden appointed Davis to the commission in April. He served as general counsel and chief of staff for Senate President Pro-Tem Peter Kinder before he joined the commission

Blunt also made his first appointment to his gubernatorial staff, naming Chuck Pryor legislative director.

“We need to bring Republicans and Democrats together in the Missouri General Assembly to work to overcome some of the challenges that we face as Missourians, and I am committed to leading that effort,” Blunt said. “Chuck Pryor has demonstrated an ability to bring people together. He is trusted and respected by members of both of the political parties and in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly.”

Pryor has worked as Blunt’s legislative liaison in the secretary of state’s office for four years.

“I know that Chuck is up to the task of working with legislators from both political parties to effect real change and real reform on many different issues,” Blunt said.

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