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Politician Resigns 'Unnecessary' Position

June 25, 2018 - 9:53 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It's not often you hear about someone, let alone a politician, quitting their job because they don't feel the position is necessary.  But that's exactly what former Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is doing with his plum appointment to a federal agency.

Kinder was sworn in last September to be alternative federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority.

“I took over in September, and took more than $400,000 in cuts to the board, and the board unanimously approved those savings, and every dime of those savings goes in effort to assist distressed, poor communities in the Mississippi delta,” he says.

Kinder said first he did away with all the support staff he was given - like a driver, a press aide, and advance crew. He drove himself around.  But then when he realized his position itself wasn't even necessary, he decided to ask that it be eliminated.

“I hope that this will serve as an example, who knows. It might be catching on,” he says.

Kinder says he never intended to make a career of it anyway, and hopes his salary also goes back into the mission. The former Lt. Gov. doesn't plan to run for office, but he won't reveal the private-sector job he plans to take in Cape Girardeau.