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Sam Dotson Out as St. Louis Police Chief

MCNS Staff

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Sam Dotson

Sam Dotson is out as of new mayor Lyda Krewson’s first day on the job.

In a meeting with city leaders on Wednesday, April 23, 2017, Dotson’s decision to retire as police chief was a mutual agreement, says Krewson.

Dotson’s retirement from the position of chief is effective immediately, but he will serve as a consultant to the city for a year, reporting to Public Safety Director Charlene Deeken. His salary will be $129,000, the same salary he was making as chief.

The retired chief served in the position since 2013. He served 22 years with the police department and is eligible for about 48 percent of his average salary during the past three years as a pension.

According to local reports, the city will immediately search for a replacement. Deputy Chief Lawrence O’Toole becomes interim police chief. Krewson said she was interested in a national search for a new chief but would not exclude internal candidates.

“Forward Through Ferguson” co-chairs Rebeccah Bennett and Zack Boyers have penned an open letter with calls for community inclusion and transparency in what they call “a new day” for public safety in the city of St. Louis, reflective of the election of Krewson on a public safety platform and the resignation of Dotson. That letter can be read here.

Elected School Board Seeking to Get Authority Back

MCNS Staff

St-Louis-Public-Schools-logoAccording to St. Louis Public Radio, members of St. Louis’s elected school board waited until after this month’s election to start clamoring to resume talks over regaining control of the city’s public schools. They’ll have to wait a bit longer, though, the state says.

The website news.stlpublicradio.org states that elected board President Susan Jones said the election of two new members is a proof enough that its reputation of dysfunction and mismanagement, which led to losing control a decade ago, is a thing of the past.

“That says to me that the taxpayers in the city of St. Louis care about what’s going on,” Jones, who was re-elected on April 4, said at a board meeting this week, according to the news site. “And that says to me that they want to have a voice back in education.”

For more on the strategies to regain authority for the board of the St. Louis Public Schools, click here.

 

 

 

St. Louis City April 2017 General Election Results

MCNS Staff

Lyda Krewson

Lyda Krewson

Voters in St. Louis have elected 28th ward alderwoman Lyda Krewson the city’s first woman mayor. Krewson cruised to the win with over 67 percent of the vote, with Republican Andrew Jones a distant second with 17 percent. Independent Larry Rice, whose New Life Evangelistic Center had been running for 40 years but was closed April 1st for operating without an occupancy permit for the last two, came in third with 10 percent of the vote.

In other citywide races, incumbent Darlene Green was retained as Comptroller with over 86 percent of the vote, while Susan Jones, Dorothy Rohde-Collins and Natalie Vowell were elected to the St. Louis City Public School Board. Heavily-favored Pam Ross was elected St. Louis Community College Trustee with 52 percent of the vote.

Of note, Democratic nominee for 21st ward alderman John Collins-Muhammad became the youngest elected as a city lawmaker, and an attempted completion of a coup in the 5th ward was unsuccessful, with Tammika Hubbard remaining alderwoman there.

The 60 percent of votes needed to pass Proposition A to abolish the Recorder of Deeds and fold its duties into the Assessor’s office was not achieved, allowing Sharon Quigley Carpenter to retain her position. And Proposition B, an attempt to move candidate-based primary and general elections from March and April of even-numbered years to August and November of the same year- a measure supported by conservative activist and financier Rex Sinquefield- failed to garner the 60 percent needed to activate.

MO House Overturns St. Louis City Abortion and Discrimination Ordinance

By MCNS Staff

Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri House of Representatives

According to the Springfield News-Leader, on Thursday, the Missouri House passed a bill that would nullify a St. Louis ordinance protecting women against workplace discrimination based on whether they’ve had an abortion, used contraceptives, or are pregnant.

The News-Leader reports that the bill, which passed with a 118-36 vote and now moves to the Senate, is the second proposal the GOP-led House has passed this session that would overturn a St. Louis (a city which votes firmly Democratic) municipal law. Earlier