ST. LOUIS -- By Executive Order, Mayor Francis Slay has established a community Crime Commission to provide an additional level of oversight and expertise as the City implements its comprehensive PIER Plan of short, medium, and long-term strategies to make every neighborhood safer.
"Reducing crime is my top priority for the City of St. Louis," Mayor Slay said. "To be most effective, the City has created a plan that identifies and implements strategies to prevent crime, intervene in people's lives when they start down the wrong path, enforce laws, and help offenders successfully reenter our community once they have paid their debt to society."
Mayor Slay has asked commissioners for a two-year commitment to serve as citizen experts on the PIER Plan. The Commissioners will provide expertise from their fields, monitor implementation of programs and policies, identify non-traditional partners to engage, and provide feedback and input on updates and strategies. Commissioners also will seek input from aldermen, the Circuit Attorney's Office, state court judges, federal law enforcement officials, and the state Attorney General's office.
"Crime of any kind threatens the fabric of our community. We want strong, vibrant neighborhoods;schools that teach all children well;and, a regulatory environment that favors job creation and retention," Mayor Slay said. "The PIER Plan will best succeed when the entire community supports it and works together to reduce crime and make our City a safer place to live, work and play."
Mayor Slay has named the following 15 people to serve on the City's Crime Commission:
- Dr. Kelvin Adams, St. Louis Public Schools
- Mack Bradley, Standpoint Public Affairs
- James Clark, Better Family Life
- Bridget Flood, Incarnate Word Foundation
- Bruce Franks, 28 to Life
- Erica Henderson, Promise Zone Director
- Beth Huebner, UMSL Department of Criminology &Criminal Justice
- Ginger Imster, Arch Grants
- Rod Jones, Grace Hill
- Missy Kelley, Downtown STL, Inc.
- Whitfield Montgomery, St. Louis Public Schools
- Carrie Pettus-Davis, Washington University School of Social Work
- Nedim Ramic, Bajric &Ramic Law Office
- Joe Walsh, St. Louis Cardinals
- Joe Yancey, Places for People