Kelvin L. Simmons is named the new Commissioner of Administration by Governor-Elect Jay Nixon.
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Kelvin L. Simmons is named the new Commissioner of Administration by Governor-Elect Jay Nixon.

Date: November 17, 2008
By: Laura Nichols
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: After days of speculation, Missouri's soon-to-be governor makes his first cabinet selection.

Laura Nichols has more from Jefferson City 

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Governor - Elect Jay Nixon announced Kelvin L. Simmons will be his Commissioner of Administration starting in January. Nixon said Simmons has experience stemming from when he headed up the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Department of Economic Development.  Simmons said he knows what to focus on in his new job as Commissioner.
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Description: "Understanding the budget, understanding how to deal with the legislature, interacting with the legislature.  All of those things are necessary in a director's job or a commissioner's job in being able to conduct the business for the citizens of Missouri."
 
The current Commissioner of Administration Larry Schepker said he looks forward to sitting down with Simmons and going over a list of key issues in order to make a smooth transition.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Laura Nichols
Intro: The outgoing State Commissioner of Administration responds to the governor-to-be's choice to fill the spot.

Laura Nichols has more from Jefferson City.

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The Missouri Commissioner of Administration Larry Schepker said he is excited to work with and help the newly appointed commissioner Kelvin Simmons.

Governor-Elect Jay Nixon announced Simmons as his selection Monday morning.

Schepker said he will do everything he can to assure a smooth transition in Simmons taking office.

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Description: "I'll have a list of those items which I think a new commissioner should focus his attentions to with the beginning of a new legislative session and a new budget year.  And I look forward to going over that list and providing background information to Mr. Simmons."
 
Schepker also said he did not want to comment on the issues that list will include until he gets the chance to meet with Simmons.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Laura Nichols
Intro: Governor-Elect Nixon's transition team spokesman responds to the newly appointed Commissioner of Administration.

Laura Nichols has more from Jefferson City. 

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Spokesman for Governor - Elect Jay Nixon's transition team Oren Shur said Kelvin Simmons has the experience needed to be the next Commissioner of Administration. Simmons will start the job in January.
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Description: "Kelvin Simmons has a lot of experience in state government and in the private sector in dealing with budgets and dealing with the constraints of budgets in running efficient effective offices in fiscally responsible ways."
 
The Commissioner of Administration oversees tasks including accounting, budget and planning, facilities management, design and construction, information technology services, and purchasing materials management.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Laura Nichols.
Intro: Governor-Elect Nixon's transition team spokesman responds to the newly appointed Commissioner of Administration.

Laura Nichols has more from Jefferson City. 

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Spokesman for Governor - Elect Jay Nixon's transition team Oren Shur said Kelvin Simmons has the experience needed to be the next Commissioner of Administration. Simmons will start the job in January.
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Run Time: 00:14
Description: "Kelvin Simmons has a lot of experience in state government and in the private sector in dealing with budgets and dealing with the constraints of budgets in running efficient effective offices in fiscally responsible ways."
 
The Commissioner of Administration oversees tasks including accounting, budget and planning, facilities management, design and construction, information technology services, and purchasing materials management.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Laura Nichols.