Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced on Tuesday that Jeff Earl will assume the role of Legislative Director for the governor's office as Justin Alferman steps down from the position.

“I am thankful for this opportunity the governor has given me, and I look forward to continuing to serve this administration," Earl said. "I also want to thank Justin for his leadership and guidance.”

Earl served as Deputy Legislative Director for the governor’s office since 2017 and has served as the Legislative Director and Constituent Services Director for the Missouri Department of Corrections and as the Senior Legislative Advisor for auditor Tom Schweich. 

Earl graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in political science and mass communications with an emphasis in public relations. He has worked for the state for over eight years. 

“Jeff brings valuable legislative experience and strong leadership to our team. He has excelled in his role as Deputy Legislative Director, and I am more than confident in him to take over as Legislative Director,” Governor Parson said. “Another important member of our team, Justin, has done great work as our Legislative Director, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Alferman is stepping away from the position to pursue other opportunities, the governor's office said in a release on Tuesday. Alferman has served as Legislative Director since Governor Parson took office.