JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is moving up to the lead role with the state agency. Republican Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday that Dru Buntin is the new director. He has served as acting director since Carol Comer’s death from cancer in June. Buntin is a Moberly native who has served as deputy director for more than four years. He has been with the DNR for 15 years.