Joyce Moser has been named by the Missouri Department of Revenue to manage the driver's license fee office in Lamar, according to a news release issued Tuesday.
The current office will close at the end of the day Thursday, Aug. 11, with the new site, No. 7 Gem Tree Plaza, opening for business on Monday, Aug. 15, the news release said.
This should bring an end to one of the sorriest fiascos (though it has a lot of competition) in the early months of Governor Matt Blunt's first year in office.
Initially, a news release was published earlier this year saying that the contract office had been awarded to Bubs Hohulin. Since Hohulin, who served with Blunt in the House of Representatives, was already employed by the state government as an assistant to Sen. Carl Vogel, R-Jefferson City, the Missouri Democratic Party filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission. That complaint was dismissed when the Commission ruled that Hohulin had not been officially appointed to the position. After that, a Department of Revenue spokesman told The Joplin Globe that Hohulin's name was no longer under consideration for the position. Shortly after that, Hohulin's wife, Marilyn, was appointed. She later also turned down the position. Hohulin explained on Lamarmo.com, saying, "It wasn't an easy decision to turn down the license bureau after all the work we did and the money we spent, but it got to where it wasn't worth the hassle for what it was going to pay."