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Civilian Oversight Board names first executive director

Nicolle Barton is the executive director of the Civilian Oversight Board.
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Nicolle Barton has been hired as the first executicve director of the city's Civilian Oversight Board.

A 15-year veteran of the Missouri Department of Corrections is the first executive director of the St. Louis Civilian Oversight Board.

Nicolle Barton will begin work on Monday, after a selection process that lasted four months. She was one of six finalists for the position and will make at least $63,000.

"Ms. Barton was my first choice after interviewing the finalists," oversight board member Jane Abbott-Morris said in a statement provided by the mayor's office. "I was very impressed with her professional background, in addition to her community involvements. Ms. Barton is very personable and energetic, and I am confident she will be well-received by the community and the police department."

Barton has a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and she graduated from Webster University in 2005 with a master's in legal studies. She began working for the Department of Corrections as a probation and parole officer in 2001 and currently supervises the investigative and administrative staff of the Board of Probation and Parole. For several years, she was a member of the St. Louis County Domestic and Family Violence Council.

The seven-member Civilian Oversight Board has the authority to review investigations into complaints made against St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers and conduct its own investigations in certain circumstances. 

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