Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission

Details about the Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission

Overview

The St. Louis Zoological Park Sub-district is a "sub-district" of the larger ZMD (The Zoological Park (Metropolitan) & Museum District (Cultural District). The Commission is charged with overseeing the management of the St. Louis Zoo and in particular its operation as a political subdivision of the larger ZMD and, ultimately, the state.

There is a complex set of rules governing appointments. Among the more unique rules:

1.) Board of Aldermen approval is NOT required for the 5 voting members appointed by the Mayor.

2.) Board of Aldermen approval IS required for the 2 advisory members appointed by the Mayor.

3.) The commission can of its own accord appoint non-voting members to the commission.

Apply to Serve (8 openings) View board website
Openings include appointments labeled "Serving Beyond Term."

Board Members

Showing 14 active board members (maximum 14)
Name Role End Date
Chonda Nwamu Esq. Member 12/31/2024
Cynthia Brinkley Member 12/31/2023
Karl Grice Member 12/31/2023
Carol Wilson Non-Voting 12/31/2023
Neal Perryman Non-Voting 12/31/2022
Steven Roberts Member 12/31/2022
Will Ross M.D. Member 12/31/2021
Serving Beyond Term
Jerald Kent Member 12/31/2020
Serving Beyond Term
Winthrop (Win) Reed Esq. Member 12/31/2020
Serving Beyond Term
James Sansone Esq. Non-Voting 09/25/2020
Serving Beyond Term
Robert Hermann Jr. Member 12/31/2019
Serving Beyond Term
Peggy Ritter Non-Voting 12/31/2019
Serving Beyond Term
Lawrence (Larry) Thomas Member 12/31/2018
Serving Beyond Term
Robert (Bob) O'Loughlin Member 12/21/2017
Serving Beyond Term

Authorizing Legislation

Rev. Mo. Stat. 184.352, Rev. Mo. Stat. 184.358, Rev. Mo. Stat. 184.360

Board Duties and Purpose

184.360. Sub-district's powers — duties. —

1. Each respective sub-district is hereby empowered to own, hold, control, lease, acquire by donation, gift or bequest, purchase, contract, lease, sell, any and all rights in land, buildings, improvements, furnishings, displays, exhibits and programs and any and all other real, personal or mixed property, or to contract with other persons to provide for any and all services for the purposes of the sub-district.

2. All buildings, property and facilities of existing publicly owned and operated zoological parks and museums established pursuant to the constitution or laws of this state or museum of science and natural history upon which a majority of the voters of both the city and county have passed upon as provided for in section 184.350 shall become the property of and vest in the respective and applicable sub-district on the date such sub-district shall be established as provided in section 184.350.

Any obligations, duties, rights, privileges of whatever description pertaining to or relating to the maintenance, operation, construction, design, or affairs of any such existing zoological park or museum shall be assumed by the respective sub-districts.

Member Requirements

Appointments require Board of Aldermen approval.

184.358. Sub-districts governed by commission, appointment — qualifications — terms — removal from office — nonvoting advisory members, appointment, terms. —

1. Each sub-district established by the voters as provided in section 184.350 shall be governed by a commission consisting of ten (10) members to serve without compensation for a term of 4-years except as provided in this section. Five (5) commissioners and their respective successors shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter county and five (5) commissioners and their respective successors shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter city, from persons nominated and submitted by the respective then existing commissions.

The authority to appoint shall include the authority to reject and in such case an additional nominee or nominees shall be submitted. The commissioners shall nominate a person to replace members whose terms are to expire or to fill a vacancy. Commissioners who have been appointed by the chief executive officer of the city shall be residents of the city during their tenure in office and commissioners appointed by the chief executive officer of the county shall be residents of the county during their tenure in office. Nothing in this section is designed nor should it be construed to prohibit the appointment by the commission of nonvoting commissioners to the commission of any sub-district nor shall the residency requirements be applicable.

The legislative body of the constitutional charter city upon the petition of the chief executive officer of such city after a public hearing thereon may remove any commissioner residing in the city for misconduct or neglect of duty, and the legislative body of the constitutional charter county upon petition of the chief executive officer of the county after a public hearing thereon may remove any commissioner residing in the county for misconduct or neglect of duty. No commissioner removed shall be eligible to appointment to any sub-district, commission, office, or to the board of the district.

There shall also be four (4) nonvoting advisory members. Two (2) of the advisory members shall be selected by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter county and two (2) of the advisory members shall be selected by the chief executive officer of the constitutional charter city, with such 4 year terms beginning October 1, 1992, subject to the advice and consent of the respective legislative bodies of the city or county in which the proposed member resides.

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