Elmo Farmer Voted To Highway Commission Post

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today voted Terry Ecker of Elmo and W. Dustin Boatwright of Cape Girardeau into the roles of vice chair and commission chair. Ecker previously served as commission chairman over the past year, with Boatwright as vice chair.

Boatwright was appointed to the commission in September 2020. Ecker, a Republican, was appointed to the commission in September 2017.

Boatwright is a lifelong resident of southeast Missouri and currently serves as the Chief Engineer/Executive Vice President of the Little River Drainage District.

Ecker raises corn, soybeans and cattle on a farm northwest of Elmo in Nodaway County. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture economics from the University of Missouri and is a graduate of Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow Class IX. He is also a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Former Missouri state legislator Daniel Hegeman of Cosby is another one of the six members. The commission governs the Missouri Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for building, operating and maintaining the state highway system and supporting other transportation modes in Missouri.