Board of Police Commissioners

The St. Louis County Police Department Board of Police Commissioners is a civilian oversight board with five members representing the citizens of St. Louis County. They are the final  authority on general orders and policies that govern the control and supervision of the St. Louis County Police Department. Board members are selected from the community by the County Executive and approved by the County Council. The Board derives its authority from Section 4.270 of the St. Louis County Charter where it states, “The board of police commissioners shall be in charge of the police department.” 

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The St. Louis County Charter authorizes the Board of Police Commissioners to perform a variety of critical functions and tasks. For example, they review policies governing the operation and conduct of the department by approving all General Orders or policies of the Department. The Board appoints and provides oversight of the Chief of Police with the power to dismiss the Chief. The Board reviews all external complaints before they are presented to the Chief and may make recommendations on officer discipline.

The Board conducts hearings for employees appealing discipline or termination by the Chief and hears appeals from citizens over complaint dispositions.

The function of the Board is unique among police departments in that it allows the police department to remain independent of political influence while at the same time providing direct oversight from citizens representing St. Louis County. Anyone wishing to address the Board is welcome to speak at a Board meeting held every month at police headquarters. Please call 314-615-4260 for information on the next meeting. 

Current Police Commissioners

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Mr. Roland Corvington, Chairman

Date Appointed: March 2012
Appointed by County Executive Charlie Dooley

Retired after a 23 year FBI career during which he served as the assistant director in charge of the FBI's Security Division and special agent in charge of the FBI's St. Louis Field Division. 

 

 

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Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten, Vice-Chairman

Date Appointed: February 2014
Appointed by County Executive Charlie Dooley 

 Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten was appointed to the Police Board of Commissioners in February 2014. A native St. Louisan, Bishop Wooten is the pastor of Williams Temple and the presiding Bishop of the Eccleastical Jurisdiction of Eastern Missouri/ Western Illinois Church of God In Christ.

 



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Ms. Laurie Westfall, Secretary

Date Appointed: April 2014
Appointed by County Executive Charlie Dooley

Laurie Westfall was appointed to the the Board of Police Commissioners by County Executive Charlie Dooley in April 2014. She has three grown children and nine grandchildren. She resides in West St. Louis county.      She has served six years on the 21st Judicial Commission and has participated in the selection of a Panel for two Magistrate Judicial positions for  the City of St. Louis. She has also  served on the Condemnation Commission in St. Louis County



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Mr. Art Johnson, Member

Date Appointed: November 2016
Appointed by County Executive Steve Stenger

Art Johnson was born and raised in St. Louis.  Art spent 27 years at AAA, the last seven years as President and CEO.  He retired from AAA in April, 2013.  Art has served on several  Boards throughout the years and continues to remain involved in the community.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Lindenwood University and is active with Youth In Need.  Art was appointed to the Police Board of Commissioners in November, 2016.

 



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Mr. Mark Gaertner, Member

Date Appointed: November 2016
Appointed by County Executive Steve Stenger

Mark J. Gaertner is a native of St. Louis. He graduated from Rohan Woods School, Chaminade Preparatory School, St. Louis University and St. Louis University School of Law.

 Mark is currently a partner with the law firm of Holloran Schwartz & Gaertner, LLP. He is a past president of the St. Louis County Bar Association and stays active in organizations such as Responder Rescue and The Backstoppers. Mark was appointed by Steve Stenger in November of 2016.