April Ford Griffin has stepped down as Alderwoman of the 5th Ward to accept the appointment by Mayor Francis G. Slay as Director of the City's Civil Rights Enforcement Agency.
"CREA is a vitally important agency," said Mayor Slay. "I'm confident that April will thoughtfully and effectively carry out CREA's mission to eliminate and remedy discrimination in all aspects of City living."
Ford-Griffin was first elected in 1997 to represent the City's 5th Ward as Alderwoman. During her time in office, she served as Chairman of the Ways & Means and the Neighborhood Development Committees. She also served on the Housing & Urban Development, Streets, Transportation and Personnel Committees. The 5th Ward experienced more than $850,000,000 of new residential, commercial, institutional and infrastructure development during her time in office.
"I'm honored to continue serving the City's residents as Director of the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency," said Ford-Griffin. "I've long been a proponent of ensuring equal rights and opportunities for all people regardless of their race, color or religious beliefs and this agency strives to achieve just that. I want to thank Mayor Slay for this opportunity and his confidence in me."
Ford-Griffin left her seat on the Board of Aldermen on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 and will begin as Director of CREA on Oct. 3, 2011.Civil Rights Enforcement Agency City of St. Louis