Missouri Governor Elect Matt Blunt makes the first hire in what promises to be a long list of more experienced aides. Evan Godt (Got) reports from Jefferson City.
Ken McClure says the reason he was appointed to the position of transition director is that Blunt knows the value of experience.
That experience is especially important because McClure says he and Blunt want to provide sweeping changes to state government that it hasn't seen in decades.
McClure says while Blunt hasn't made any other official appointments, he expects all of them to carry the experience that Blunt respects in an aide.
University of Missouri - St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson says that this is not a new idea.
McClure's experience includes serving time on the state Senate and working with the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Public Service Commission.
He was even Blunt's high school Sunday school teacher.
McClure hopes that people don't assume there were religious motives behind the hire but Blunt says he does have a deep personal relationship with McClure.
Blunt has said he will concentrate on the transition and will make an official announcement on McClure's permanent staff role, if any, at a later date.
From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.