Gov.-elect Jay Nixon announced he was appointing Kelvin Simmons to lead his Office of Administration Monday.
The selection of Simmons is Nixon's first cabinet appointment of his incoming administration.
"Kelvin Simmons has the experience, intellect and managerial skill to be a great Commissioner of Administration," Gov.-elect Nixon said. "Kelvin's passion for public service and success in the private sector make him a uniquely qualified choice for this important position. During these difficult economic times, we must find ways to make government more efficient and accountable to the people. I look forward to working closely with Kelvin to make sure state government uses Missourians' hard-earned tax dollars as responsibly and effectively as possible," added Nixon in a statement released after Monday morning's appointment.
Simmons has extensive government experience. He chaired the state's Public Service Commission from 2001 to 2003, and then left that post to become the Director of the Department of Economic Development under Gov. Bob Holden. Simmons also did constituent work for Gov. Mel Carnahan. Most recently, he's worked for private organizations, including the consulting firm, A.M. Development.
The Office of Administration coordinates the central functions of state government, including budget, personnel and facilities and purchasing management.
Nixon's appointment of Simmons requires State Senate approval.