Director's Office

Director Ryan McKenna

Ryan McKenna

Ryan McKenna was named Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in December 2013 by Governor Jay Nixon.

McKenna has represented Jefferson County in the state Senate since 2006, and also was a state representative from Jefferson County from 1998 to 2004. He served on several Senate committees, including the Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee. His father and his grandfather also served in the Missouri General Assembly before him. A Jefferson County native, McKenna is a graduate of Missouri State University and worked as a union laborer on highway and bridge construction before being elected to the General Assembly.

Deputy Director

Ken Jacob, Acting Director of the Division of Employment Security

Deputy Director
Ken Jacob

Ken Jacob was appointed to serve as the Deputy Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in December 2013. Prior to this appointment, Jacob served as the Acting Director for Division of Employment Security. He also served in the Missouri Legislature, both in the House and Senate, ran state programs for youth non-for-profit organizations, and was the Chair of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission in 2004.

Jacob earned two bachelor’s degrees (economics and history), two master’s degrees (public administration, educational counseling and personnel management), and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jacob has two grown children, Jessica, who resides in California, and Daniel, who currently works as an assistant attorney general in Jefferson City.