Missouri Official Proves It's Possible to Advance Career No Matter Your Job Performance
|Leaving Missouri's E. coli waters, for the Gulf's oil-tarred.|
Mark Templeton, head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is stepping down from his post tomorrow to take a job managing BP's massive victims' fund. Just last summer Templeton was suspended without pay from his job when news came out that his agency withheld reports that a popular beach at the Lake of the Ozarks had dangerously high levels of E. coli bacteria.
Yesterday, Governor Jay Nixon defended Templeton's 20-month tenure on the job.
"I appreciate Mark's service and leadership of numerous projects critical to the protection of Missouri's natural resources -- from our state parks and historic sites, to the safety of our wastewater treatment systems," Nixon said in a statement.
It should be noted that despite the hiccup with the DNR, Templeton does have a pretty impressive resume, having worked as a environmental and sustainability consultant, served in the State Department and graduating from Yale Law.