Missouri Official Proves It's Possible to Advance Career No Matter Your Job Performance

Leaving Missouri's E. coli waters, for the Gulf's oil-tarred.
Leaving Missouri's E. coli waters, for the Gulf's oil-tarred.
A man suspended from his job for two weeks without pay last year, today has himself a new, high-profile job overseeing a $20-billion trust fund for those impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Mark Templeton
, head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is stepping down from his post tomorrow to take a job managing BP's massive victims' fund. Just last summer Templeton was suspended without pay from his job when news came out that his agency withheld reports that a popular beach at the Lake of the Ozarks had dangerously high levels of E. coli bacteria.

Yesterday, Governor Jay Nixon defended Templeton's 20-month tenure on the job.

"I appreciate Mark's service and leadership of numerous projects critical to the protection of Missouri's natural resources -- from our state parks and historic sites, to the safety of our wastewater treatment systems," Nixon said in a statement.

It should be noted that despite the hiccup with the DNR, Templeton does have a pretty impressive resume, having worked as a environmental and sustainability consultant, served in the State Department and graduating from Yale Law.