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On Friday, November 22, 2019, retired St. Louis County Police Chief Jerry Lee passed away after a brief battle with medical issues.  He was 71 years of age.

Chief Lee joined the St. Louis County Police Department in 1970 as a Police Recruit.  As a Patrol Officer, he was assigned to the Affton Precinct, the West County Precinct, and the Office of the Chief of Police.  He was a supervisor in the Tactical Operations Unit and the West County Precinct.  Chief Lee served as the Commander of Staff Services, Criminal Identification Unit and the Bureau of Drug Enforcement. He served as the Commanding Officer of the Division of Criminal Investigation, Division of Patrol, and Division of Operational Support.  In 2004, he was appointed to serve as the Chief of Police by the Board of Police Commissioners.  After serving the citizens of St. Louis County for 38 years, Chief Lee retired in 2009.

After retiring from the St. Louis County Police Department, Chief Lee served on the Board of Police Commissioners for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for one year before being appointed as the Missouri Public Safety Director.  He served in that position for three years.

Chief Lee was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and held a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Louis University. 

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar stated, “We are saddened by the death of retired Chief Jerry Lee.  Chief Lee was deeply committed to the men and women of this Department and the citizens of St. Louis County.  His years of dedicated service represent the genuine character Chief Lee possessed. Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.    





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