JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State officials say Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer has died. Officials did not release a cause of death but Comer, who died Wednesday, announced in July 2019 that she was undergoing chemotherapy to fight cancer. Comer was named director of the department in January 2017 by former Gov. Eric Greitens. Gov. Mike Parson said in a statement that Comer was an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant and a strong advocate for Missouri’s natural resources. Details of where she died and services were not immediately available. Before taking the job in Missouri, Comer, an environmental lawyer, was commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Governor Parson’s Statement on Passing of Director Carol Comer
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson released the following statement regarding the passing of Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol S. Comer:
“We are greatly saddened and heartbroken to hear of Director Comer’s passing. Carol was an extremely talented and accomplished leader, and the entire state of Missouri grieves alongside her friends and family. Carol brought expertise, energy, and an enthusiastic smile to every project, and she will be deeply missed among our cabinet and in the thousands of lives that she touched. She was a dedicated public servant who loved this state, its people, and the great outdoors. We could not have asked for a better advocate for Missouri’s natural resources. Teresa and I will keep Carol’s loved ones in our prayers as we mourn the loss of this extraordinary individual.”