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Maj. Joseph Spiess

St. Louis Police Maj. Joseph Spiess (who was a captain when this photo was taken)

BRENTWOOD • A 32-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department has been tapped to run the Brentwood department.

The Brentwood Board of Aldermen on Monday night unanimously approved the appointment of Joseph L. Spiess by Mayor Christopher Thornton.

Spiess retired from the St. Louis department in 2015 with the rank of major. In 2013, he survived an ambush while on patrol.

He will start his new job Monday.

Spiess and Acting Police Chief Jim McIntyre were the two finalists for the position out of more than 20 who applied.

“He brings with him a level of experience and talent that we need to manage our department,” Thornton said of Spiess.

Spiess replaces Dan Fitzgerald, who retired in May.

The city had help in selecting a new chief from a committee of 14 citizens, the Center for Public Safety Management and five area police chiefs. The process was more comprehensive than in other cities that have had to fill police chief vacancies and led to better candidates, Thornton said.

“It was not an easy decision,” Thornton said.

The board heard the first reading of an employment agreement with the new chief at Monday’s meeting. Members are set to take a final vote at their meeting on March 19. That will include releasing the salary.

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