Lt. Gov. Mike Parson

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will be sworn in as the 57th governor of Missouri tonight at 5:30.

The private ceremony presided over by Missouri Supreme Court Justice Mary Rhodes Russell will take place in the governor's office just half an hour after current Gov. Eric Greitens officially resigns.

Today, at 4:30, Parson will attend a prayer service at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City before making his way to the capital building.

The new governor will address a joint session of the General Assembly on Monday, June 11 and a reception welcoming Parson will take place in coming weeks.

The Missourian will have extensive coverage of the transition of power and local lawmaker's analysis on the new governor in our weekend edition.

Greitens made the announcement Tuesday afternoon after giving less than an hour notice to media.

During the press conference Greitens said he will resign the office of governor effective Friday, June 1.

The governor’s resignation comes after a series of criminal indictments and calls from numerous lawmakers at the state and federal level to step down.

Since that time, Greitens has been under investigation by a special House Oversight Committee regarding the allegation made by a former mistress and questionable use of a campaign donor list form his charity The Mission Continues.