For more information, contact Customer Relations, 573.751.2840March 9, 2017 – For immediate releaseJEFFERSON CITY – Michael B. Pace, West Plains, is the new chair of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and Gregg C. Smith, Clinton, is the new vice chair. The commission rotated the leadership positions at its monthly meeting yesterday in Jefferson City.Pace and Smith were both appointed to the commission by former Gov. Jay Nixon – Pace in January 2015 and Smith in June 2013.“I am very pleased to be nominated and elected chairman,” Pace said. “I promise that I will do my very best to represent each and every one of you.” He also offered his thanks to Smith. “He has given so much time in his role as chair for the past year, and has done an excellent job.”|Pace is a retired brigadier general in the Army National Guard and also served nearly 33 years in the Missouri State Highway Patrol, achieving the rank of major. When he retired he was director of the criminal investigation bureau in Jefferson City. Smith is president and owner of Gregg Smith Ford Lincoln, Inc., and Wilder RV.The six-member bipartisan commission governs the Missouri Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining the state highway system and supporting other transportation modes in Missouri.Other commission members are Tom Waters, Orrick; Mary Nelson, St. Louis; and John Briscoe, New London. One position is currently vacant.