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MoDOT director to resign

December 2, 2003
By: Aidian Holder
State Capital Bureau

The much maligned director of MoDOT announced his resignation today. Aidian Holder has the details.

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Henry Hungerbeeler has presided over MoDOT during tough times, as Missouri roads deteriorated and the department was blamed for breaking promises to the public and squandering tax money. His resignation today comes after a scathing report by an independent panel said MoDOT needed to make major changes in its senior managment in order to regain its credibility with the public.

In his resignation letter, Hungerbeeler acknowledged the need for a change in MoDOT's leadership, but in person he defended his tenure at the department.

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Contents: Hungerbeeler says the state's problems with transportation were here before he was.

Hungerbeeler's resignation is effective June first. From the state Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder.

Date: 12/02/2003

By: Aidian Holder

State Capital Bureau

MoDOT Director Henry Hungerbeeler says he's going to resign. As Aidian Holder reports, Hungerbeeler's term at MoDOT was rocky.

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Hungerbeeler presided over MoDOT during tough times, as Missouri roads deteriorated and the department took the heat. His resignation comes after a scathing report by an independent panel said MoDOT needed big changes in its upper management in order to regain credibility with the public.

Hungerbeeler says he's proud of his five years with MoDOT, but he acknowledges that it hasn't always been smooth sailing.

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Contents: Hungerbeeler says he prayed for direction on which job to choose, but having chosen this one, now he asks "why, lord, why?"

Hungerbeeler's resignation is effective June first. From the state Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder.

Date: 12/02/2003

By: Aidian Holder

State Capital Bureau

MoDOT Director Henry Hungerbeeler says he's going to resign after a five year stint at the head of the department. As Aidian Holder reports, Hungerbeeler's term was marked by acrimony, budget woes, and deteriorating roads.

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Hungerbeeler has been a lightining rod for criticism. His resignation comes after a scathing report by an independent panel said MoDOT needed major changes in its management in order to regain credibility with the public.

Hungerbeeler seems at times to be universally despised . . . a convinent wipping boy for whatever ails MoDOT. Reacting to the announcment, Governor Holden shed no tears for Hungerbeeler, saying it was time for new leadership at MoDOT.

But even some of his most vocal critics, like former Senator Morris Westfall, a member of the panel whos report lead to Hungerbeeler's resignation, said MoDOT's problems go deeper than one person.

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Contents: Westfall says nobody could have pleased everyone in the Director's job, considering the state's problems in recent years.

Hungerbeeler's resignation is effective June first. From the State Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder.