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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...

Page backtracks on Belmar; appoints new police board members

The St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners meets Oct. 29 before going into closed session, as police Chief Jon Belmar, far left, looks on. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

November 5, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com In the days after a $20 million verdict against the St. Louis County Police Department for discrimination, County Executive Sam Page appeared to call for the end of Chief Jon Belmar’s tenure and then backtracked to say the chief will lead eff...

Bell’s Day 1 changes opposed by police

Wesley Bell, center, takes questions from reporters after being sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecutor on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Bell has already faced criticism for the decisions he made his first few days in office. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

January 9, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  As promised, new St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell started making changes to the way the county treats crimes on his first day in office, gaining his first criticism in the process. On his second day in office and first off...

Police union speaks out against Belmar after chief fires officers for ‘misleading’ bureau

Steve Stenger and Jon Belmar answer questions about the new special response unit. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

December 6, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Police Department’s union is speaking out against Chief Jon Belmar after he fired two police officers he said gave misleading statements to superiors over their involvement in a north county chase that ended in a fatal cr...

Raises for Justice Center guards and nurses on hold due to Prop P dispute

Raises for Justice Center guards and nurses on hold due to Prop P dispute

July 25, 2018

Councilwoman Hazel Erby listens during the public comments portion of the council meeting July 24. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Both the County Council and County Executive Stenger say they want to give raises to Justice Center guards ...

Police Association alleges council voted to ‘misappropriate’ Prop P tax on jail’s nurses

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, left to right: 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby and 4th District Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

June 6, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Police Association promised to call out any elected officials that the police union saw misspending money from Proposition P, and the union has called out the County Council for the first alleged “misappropriation”...

County police pack council meeting; urge OK of promised raises

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. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

October 18, 2017

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Police officers packed a County Council meeting last week to urge that their promised raises under Proposition P be approved as soon as possible, but some council members want to take their time with the plan. Voters weighed in on average...

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