AUGUST 19, 2005 - Posted at 8:09 a.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Two former state lawmakers are going to work as ombudsmen for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The position of DNR ombudsmen is new. Department director Doyle Childers announced creation of the job last week and plans to have seven ombudsmen around the state.
Childers is making several changes in the department's operation. He says DNR should spend more time helping businesses comply with environmental rules, and less time pressuring them in court.
Former state Senator Bill Foster (R) of Poplar Bluff and former House member Don Summers of Unionville are the first two people appointed as ombudsmen. The jobs, which were not advertised, pay about $60,000 a year.
Foster will work in southeastern Missouri and Summers will work in the northeastern region. Childers served with both of them in the Legislature.