Gov. Matt Blunt replaced his chief of staff, Ed Martin, with the head of the Department of Revenue. Blunt announced the move during a news conference on Tuesday.
The governor says Trish Vincent is now his chief of staff. The news comes as Blunt has faced growing scrutiny after he acknowledged that administration officials, including Martin, delete certain internal office e-mails.
The chief of staff is in charge of managing the governor’s office, staff and cabinet. Vincent, 53, has been director of the Department of Revenue since Blunt became governor.
The governor credits her with collecting more than $30 million in unpaid taxes by creating a new tax compliance data warehouse, extending regular business hours at the department, publicizing the names of businesses that are behind in sales and withholding taxes, and saving money by reducing the size of vehicle license renewal mailings.
Vincent previously was deputy secretary of state for business services when Blunt was secretary of state. She’s also been the in-state director and district office director for former U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft.
In a news release, Vincent commended Martin for helping the governor achieve his priorities for education, health care and tax cuts during the last legislative session, helping enact a job-creation bill and transportation infrastructure legislation during the special session in August, and helping implement the governor’s directives to fight illegal immigration in Missouri.
She said Martin would help her during the transition. She begins her new duties immediately.