Gov. Parson shares state COVID-19 vaccination update; announces new Missouri DNR director

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.- Governor Mike Parson will hold a press conference at the State Capitol to announce the new Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Parson named Dru Buntin as the new director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Buntin joined the DNR as deputy director in 2017 after serving as executive director for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association for four years.

“Dru is an experienced and trusted leader within DNR and across state government. He worked closely with Director Comer during her illness and stepped up to be a steady hand of leadership upon her passing. We are confident in Dru’s abilities to lead DNR, and we look forward to seeing him implement his vision and ideas,” said Parson.

Courtesy: Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Buntin has led the agency on important river-related issues, including drought relief and flood recovery. He was also instrumental in leading the department’s Red Tape Reduction efforts, which reduced the regulatory burden on Missouri businesses and citizens.

“Five generations of my family have lived in Missouri, and I love this state. We have a great team at DNR, and I’m excited about what we can accomplish working together with communities across Missouri,” said Buntin.

Also, he will give an update on the Missouri Vaccine Incentive Program and announce resources the state will be extended to further mitigate the COVID-19 strain on Missouri hospitals.

Parson says since the vaccine incentive program was announced, over 200,000 vaccines have been administered in the state.

He added that more than 450,000 Missourians have entered the vaccine incentive program.

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