Charles Bryson

(photo courtesy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

The only person to face criminal charges in a series of escapes from the St. Louis city jails has pleaded guilty to a series of misdemeanors.

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Office of Mayor Francis Slay

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has appointed Eddie Roth as the city's new director of public safety.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The highest-ranking city official to face discipline so far for problems at the St. Louis jails spent four hours under oath today, giving his perspective on the situation that led to four escapes in 15 months.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The head of the public safety department of the city of St. Louis spent nearly two hours on the hot seat today, facing questions under oath about the management of the two jails under his control.

(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Four jail breaks in 15 months make the city of St. Louis look like a joke.

That was the general consensus of members of the Public Safety committee  on Wednesday following two hours of testimony on the rash of escapes.