JEFFERSON CITY - Mike Kehoe, Jefferson City, today began a one-year term as chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. David Gach, St. Joseph, will serve as vice-chair. Kehoe and Gach have both served on the commission since 2005, with terms ending in 2011.
They replace Duane Michie, Hayti, and Jim Anderson, Springfield, whose terms ended March 1. Both Michie and Anderson will remain on the commission until Gov. Jay Nixon names their replacements.
The six-member bipartisan commission governs the Missouri Department of Transportation. With more than 6,200 employees and an annual budget of about $2 billion, MoDOT builds and maintains the nation's seventh-largest state highway system and supports other transportation modes in Missouri.
"This is an exciting, but challenging time to take over as the commission's chair," Kehoe said. "We're fortunate to have received federal economic stimulus funding that will allow us to move ahead with some necessary transportation projects. At the same time, we're experiencing declining state and federal funding for transportation, which means we'll have to determine how to provide a quality transportation system to Missourians in the future."
Kehoe owns and operates auto dealerships in Jefferson City. Gach is owner and president of a diesel repair business in St. Joseph. He also manages a land excavation company and owns commercial property and farmland.
Other commission members are Rudy Farber, Neosho, and Grace Nichols, St. Charles.