ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The six finalists in consideration to be named the next police commissioner of the City of St. Louis appeared at a town hall, on Thursday, at St. Louis University's Law Campus. The candidates responded to a round of five questions submitted by the public yet failed to specifically address the LGBTQIA+ community.


But veteran activist and community journalist Philip Deitch caught up with five of the six candidates immediately following the forum asking them to send a message to the LGBTQIA+ community (Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole, also a candidate, had left the event before he could answer.) Check it out:


Patrick Melvin currently serves as the Chief of Police for Port Arthur, a position he has held since May 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to this position, he served as the Police Chief for the Salt River Police Department in Arizona from 2011-2016. He also served as the Chief of Police of Maricopa, Arizona from 2006 to 2009.



Stephen Geron currently is as a Major serving as the Executive Officer in the Southeast Patrol Division in the Dallas Police Department, a position he has held since September 2016. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Midwestern State University.He has served as a Major since 2014 and is a 25 year veteran of the Dallas Police Department.



Keith Humphrey currently serves as the Chief of the Norman Police Department, a position he has held since 2011. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University. Prior to this position, he served as the Chief of Police of Lancaster, TX from 2008-2011.



John Hayden currently serves as a Major commanding the North Patrol Division in the City of St. Louis. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts in Management from Fontbonne. He is a 30 year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department.



Mary Edwards-Fears currently serves as a Captain commanding Evidence Management and Professional Standards for the City of St. Louis, a position she has held since 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Webster University.



These candidates were selected from a larger pool of 42 applicants for the position. All applications were reviewed by the Citizens Advisory Committee appointed by the Mayor, the City’s Personnel Department, and an independent search firm contracted by the City (the International Association of Chiefs of Police). The top six candidates were selected after interviews with the search firm, the CAC, and successful completion of a management test administered by the Personnel Department. The final six candidates will be interviewed by Mayor Krewson and Department of Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards. The Mayor and Director Edwards will make the final decision and offer the position to the selected candidate.


Click here to view the entirety of Thursday's forum.

 

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