Ken Zellers, who has worked as acting director of the Missouri Department of Revenue since March, was appointed to become permanent director, Gov. Mike Parson’s office announced Wednesday.
Zellers joined the Department of Revenue as chief operating officer in September 2017, and was responsible for the operational divisions within the department — including tax, motor vehicle licensing, driver licensing and administration divisions.
He took over as acting director after Joel Walters, the department’s former director, resigned amid criticism from lawmakers about how the department had handled tax changes.
Before Zellers came to the Department of Revenue, he worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev, most recently as global quality director.
His appointment must be confirmed by the Missouri Senate.
Parson said in a press release that he expects the department would continue to improve under Zellers.
“Ken brings many years of valuable leadership experience to the Department of Revenue and has more than proved himself as acting director,” Parson said. “I have full confidence that the Department will continue to improve and provide great service to the people of Missouri under his leadership as Director.”