Pickering Named Chairman of Missouri Lottery Commission
Barbara Pickering, Mexico, was elected chairman of the Missouri Lottery Commission during the commission’s quarterly meeting on June 23. Pickering replaces Kenneth Hensley of Albany who served the commission since July 2004.
Pickering, 69, has served on the commission since May 12, 2000, after being appointed by Gov. Mel Carnahan and confirmed by the Missouri Senate. She is the fifth person to serve as chairman since the Lottery Commission was established in June 1985.
Pickering and her husband, Connie, own and operate Pickering Funeral Homes Inc. in Mexico. She served as the executive vice-president of the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce from 1980 to 1994. She currently holds the position of the assistant to the city manager in Mexico.
The Missouri Lottery Commission is a five-member commission, appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate, to govern the Lottery. Other commissioners currently serving on the commission are Charles Larry Ray of Hayti, Sherri Robins of Florrisant and Celeste Witzel of St. Louis.