Today marks the first Board meeting for a newly appointed member of the Board of Police Commissioners. Former St. Louis County Chief of Police Jerry Lee comes to the Board with more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, both as a police officer and as the leader of a large police agency. He joins Dr. Michael Gerdine who is a chiropractor and a successful small-business owner, Mr. Richard Gray who is heavily involved in our community as the Executive Director of the St. Louis Gateway Sports Foundation and former Judge Bettye Battle-Turner who is now an attorney in private practice following her years on the bench as a municipal judge. Board members are appointed by the Governor of Missouri with the exception of Mayor Francis Slay who is an ex-officio member, which means he is a part of the Board by virtue of the fact that he is Mayor of St. Louis. St. Louis City Mayor’s have always been ex-officio members who have the same voting rights as all members of the Board appointed by the Governor. I look forward to continuing to work with the Board to accomplish the goals of our police department, to manage the business of our police department and to continue our efforts in making the City of St. Louis an even safer place for your families and mine.