MEETING OF THE BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS ST. LOUIS COUNTY
The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners met on March 10, 2020, at 6PM, at Parkway North High School, 12860 Fee Fee Road, St. Louis, Missouri, 63143. In attendance were Commissioners Price, Schwerin, Gaertner, Hassler, Punch and Chief Belmar.
1. Public Forum
A "listening session" was available to those who wished to address the Board and answer the question, "What are the two or three most important attributes the Board should consider in their selection of the next Chief of Police?"
Stephanie Michael suggested the next chief should not give in to political pressure and enforce "victimless" crimes.
James Moore was with the West County Community Action Network. He suggested the next chief should look at resolutions for Prop P spending, be community orientated, build trust and promote racial equality. He also suggested the board should hold a public forum for participating candidates to answer questions from citizens.
Grant Reeg suggested the next chief should be promoted within the department, have the ability to lead and be a St. Louis County resident.
Jeff Beaton was with St. Louis Police Area Chief's Association (SLAPCA). He suggested the new chief should continue good fellowship with SLPCA and poses the values of the current associations.
Janine Fabick suggested the next chief should be promoted within the department, obtain strong geographic knowledge of the county, have open communication, poses trust in their leadership and remain accountable.
Jaclyn Lam suggested the next police chief should have open mindness, be transparent, support all the department staff and remain accountable.
Cheryl suggested the next chief should know the weakness and strengths throughout the department, back the officers, deal with the public, be transparent, remain honest and open
Beverly Williamson suggested the next police chief should be honest and accountable.
David Hahn suggested the next police chief should be promoted within the department, be a St. Louis County resident and not be connected with any previous court cases.
Diane Perry suggested the next police chief should address race issues, have good rapport with citizens and work together.
Jim King stated he will mail a letter of recommendation to the board on which candidate he would like to see be promoted to chief.
Motion was made by Commissioner Schwerin and seconded by Commissioner Gaertner to close the meeting. Motion unanimously approved. There were no votes or decisions made in the closed session.
Motion was made to reopen the meeting. Motion approved.