St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay delivers his annual State of the City report to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at City Hall in St. Louis on April 25, 2008. Slay spoke out today about local control of St. Louis' police department.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told the committee on governmental organization that an overwhelming majority of voters support local control, and that under state control, city residents have no input into how the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is run.
Firefighter Jeff Ratermann (bkgd) and Mayor Francis Slay listen to a presentation about the city's budget during a meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. The Board delayed laying off 30 firefighters for another week.
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Jeff Ratermann plays with his three kids before a meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. Ratermann could be among 30 firefighters laid off to help the city control overspending.
The "long and arduous" fight over the budget for the city's fire department will go on for another week.
The three-member Board of Estimate and Apportionment tabled the layoffs of 30 firefighters at the request of Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed. Reed, comptroller Darlene Green, and Mayor Francis Slay will make the ultimate decision about the layoffs.
Francis R. Slay, (R) former long-term committeeman shown with son St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, in this 2005 file photo, has died in St. Louis at the age of 83 on March 16, 2011.
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Slay, shown in this April 2009 file photo, was elected the 23rd Ward Committeeman in 1964 and served for 45 years, among other leadership positions.
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Jan. 22, 2010, the day Francis R. Slay was honored with a resolution honoring his life and work by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen. Slay's son, current St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, speaks at the podium, with Francis R. standing at left.