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County police to be reviewed top-to-bottom, with some pushback

Officers and sergeants from the St. Louis County Police Department applaud as fellow officer and union representative Derek Machens calls for raises at an Oct. 12, 2017, hearing at the County Council.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

July 22, 2020

A promised “top-to-bottom” review of the St. Louis County Police Department is a centerpiece of County Executive Sam Page’s campaign for county executive, but not everyone is welcoming outsiders giving their opinions on what should be done about policing in St. Louis. The review, announced by Page June ...

New police chief faces questions over department, racism and her response

Lt. Col. Mary Barton

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

June 26, 2020

County officials are divided over whether there is systemic racism in the St. Louis County Police Department, with Democratic County Council members and even a member of the police board that just hired Chief Mary Barton questioning the leadership of the brand-new police chief on the issue. Barton took over the...

Police union endorses Mark Mantovani in county executive race

Mark Mantovani talks with Amy Stuber of Creve Coeur and John Snodgrass of Richmond Heights at his watch party in August 2018 after absentee results came in. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 26, 2020

The St. Louis County Police Association is endorsing Mark Mantovani for county executive in the upcoming Democratic primary. The election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, with Mantovani and county Assessor Jake Zimmerman challenging County Executive Sam Page for the Democratic nod. “As a civic ...

Barton is county’s first female chief in history

Incoming Chief Lt. Col. Mary Barton

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 25, 2020

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners has chosen Capt. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, as the first female police chief in county history. Barton, who has 41 years of experience at the St. Louis County Police Department, will lead the department starting May 1, afte...

Capt. Mary Barton named first female police chief in St. Louis County history

Lt. Col. Mary Barton

March 19, 2020

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners has chosen Capt. Mary Barton, who commands the West County Precinct, as the first female police chief in county history. Since Chief Jon Belmar announced his retirement Feb. 10, the Board of Police Commissioners has asked for public input to “inspire...

Police board kicks off hiring of new chief, starts internal search along with public sessions

Lt. Col. Troy Doyle of the St. Louis County Police Department talks to reporters during the County Council meeting in April 2019, after he was announced as the interim director of the Department of Justice Services. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

February 24, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners seems to be looking internally for the next chief of the county Police Department, asking top commanders to apply while not yet opening up a broader search. In an internal memo released F...

County settles Wildhaber case for $10.25 million

Chief Jon Belmar, right, speaks at the memorial for Officer Blake Snyder held at Affton High School the night Snyder was killed, Oct. 6, 2016, with Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, second from left, looking on. Photo by Bill Milligan.

February 20, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by an Oakville police sergeant Feb. 10, going into a debt that taxpayers will be paying off for the next 30 years. In a case that made national headlines, now-Lt. Keith Wildhaber said he...

Belmar retiring; Page says he wasn’t forced out as the chief

Belmar retiring; Page says he wasn’t forced out as the chief

February 17, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Chief Jon Belmar announced last week that he will retire as the head of the St. Louis County Police Department, effective April 30, but County Executive Sam Page said the chief is not being forced out of the job after six years. The announc...

Belmar announces he’ll retire as chief of St. Louis County Police Department

Elizabeth Snyder, right, is consoled by St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar, left, following the sentencing for Trenton E. Forster Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Clayton. Forster, 20, was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the 2016 shooting death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

February 10, 2020

Chief Jon Belmar announced Monday that he will retire as the head of the St. Louis County Police Department, effective April 30. The announcement comes in the wake of County Executive Sam Page appointing new members to the police board following a $10 million settlement of a discrimination lawsuit aga...

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