Department Director – Carol S. Comer
Carol S. Comer was named Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in January 2017. As director, Comer leads the department’s efforts to protect our air, land, water, and mineral resources;; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational and learning opportunities, while promoting the environmentally sound operations of business, communities, agricutlure, and industry for the benefit of all Missourians.
Comer has extensive experience with environmental issues in government and business. She understands that environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive…“you can’t have a healthy environment without a healthy economy-and you can’t have a healthy economy without a healthy environment.” Missouri can protect its air, land and water quality while encouraging economic growth so that Missouri and all Missourians prosper.
Comer previously served as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management under former Governor and Vice-President Mike Pence from 2015 until joining the Department of Natural Resources. Comer also served both as IDEM’s General Counsel and Chief of Staff. Prior to that, she served as a senior administrative law judge for the Indiana Board of Tax Review and as an Administrative Law Judge with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Comer began her career in private practice with nearly a decade of experience representing companies on environmental and utility matters; first at Plews and Shadley in Indianapolis and later at Lewis and Roca in Phoenix, Arizona.
Comer received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University School of Business and a joint master’s and law degree from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she was the law school’s first Environmental Law Fellow.