JEFFERSON CITY - Rudy Farber, Neosho, has taken over as the chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for a one-year term that began today. The former chairman, David Gach, St. Joseph, will serve as vice-chairman.
Farber was appointed to the commission in March 2007. Gach has served since 2005.
The six-member bipartisan commission governs the Missouri Department of Transportation. With more than 6,300 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.
"With the funding challenges facing transportation at the state and federal level, we on the commission have a great deal of work to do," Farber said. "However, I'm excited to lead the commission, and I look forward to working with the leaders and citizens of Missouri to determine the future for transportation in our state."
Farber is chairman of the board of Community Bank & Trust in Neosho. 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 Duane Michie, Hayti; Grace Nichols, St. Charles; Joe Carmichael, Springfield; and Stephen Miller, Kansas City.