JEFFERSON CITY, MO. - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and Missouri Department of Transportation have selected Melinda Grace-Beasley as the new Assistant Chief Counsel-Human Resources.Grace-Beasley graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1991 and has represented the commission and department for 20 years. She began her career in 1994 as an assistant counsel with the MoDOT's Chief Counsel's Office in Jefferson City after being in private practice in Kansas City for three years. Throughout the past two decades, Grace-Beasley has performed various roles of increasing responsibility at the department, including senior assistant counsel from 1999 to 2003, and then regional counsel from 2003 until Nov. 1, 2014. Grace-Beasley will lead the department's legal team in handling issues relating to the employment of department staff.Grace-Beasley lives in Columbia and has four sons: DuJuan, Beaumont, Roderick and Grant Beasley.