Gov. Parson announces Dru Buntin as new Director of Department of Natural Resources

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During a press conference Wednesday at the State Capitol, Gov. Mike Parson announced that he has named Dru Buntin as the new Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Buntin’s appointment takes effect immediately. 

"We are excited to announce Dru as the new DNR Director and look forward to his continued service to Missourians," Parson said. "Dru is an experienced and trusted leader within DNR and across state government. He worked closely with Director Comer during her illness and stepped up to be a steady hand of leadership upon her passing. We are confident in Dru's abilities to lead DNR, and we look forward to seeing him implement his vision and ideas."

Buntin has served as the Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for more than four years. 

He first joined DNR in 2000 as the Director of Government Affairs and advanced to Deputy Director for Policy and Chief of Water Resources. In 2013, Buntin became the Executive Director of the Upper Missouri River Basin Association before rejoining DNR in 2017. 

He has more than 15 years experience with DNR and more than 20 years experience in Missouri state government. 

Since rejoining DNR as Deputy Director in 2017, Buntin has lead the Department's Red Tape Reduction initiative as well as drought response and flood recovery support efforts. 

He also worked closely with the late Director Carol Comer to strengthen partnerships with Missouri businesses, citizens, and communities to assist with and promote compliance with Missouri's environmental laws and regulations.

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed by Governor Parson to serve as the new Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources,” Buntin said. “Five generations of my family have lived in Missouri, and I love this state. We have a great team at DNR, and I’m excited about what we can accomplish working together with communities across Missouri.”

Buntin attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science.