Thu February 10, 2011
More endorsements of local control of St. Louis police, Nixon comments on issue
A Safer Missouri, a group in favor of local control of the St. Louis Police Department, announced three additional entities today which have endorsed local control:
- FOCUS St. Louis, a non-profit group promoting regional solutions in the St. Louis area.
- Civic Progress, an organization of chief executives of approximately 30 of the St. Louis region’s largest businesses and employers.
- Regional Business Council, a consortium of the presidents and CEOs of 100 of the region's largest mid-cap companies.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon also spoke about the issue of local control today.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nixon said that he is concerned about the political consequences:
"Primarily, the governor said, he feared that the motivations for local control were about politics, not proper governance," the newspaper reported. Nixon continued:
"'I kind of err on the side of change when you need change,' Nixon said. 'I'm not saying I couldn't see a way to do it, but I haven't been convinced about what you get.'"