New Missouri Governor Mike Parson is starting off his time in office by talking with state lawmakers and local elected officials.
The Republican governor met Tuesday with GOP House legislative leaders and a bipartisan group of Missouri mayors.
Parson took office Friday, the same day former Governor Eric Greitens officially resigned amid allegations of personal and political misconduct.
Greitens was a self-described political outsider, but Parson has a long record of serving as an elected official.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James says he worked with Parson when he was a lawmaker and described him as reasonable and willing to listen.
Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr says Parson likely will be much more involved with the Legislature.
Parson also is starting to assemble his team of top staffers.
He announced Tuesday that Aaron Willard will be his chief of staff. Willard served as chief of staff to former speakers of the state House, led President Donald Trump's campaign in Missouri and then joined the Trump administration in the U.S. Commerce Department.
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