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St. Louis County Council confirms two new police board members

St. Louis County Council confirms two new police board members

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St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners nominees

Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ray Price and local attorney Michelle Schwerin, then nominees for the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, face questions from the St. Louis County Council, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Photo by Hillary Levin,

CLAYTON — The St. Louis County Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to confirm the county executive's two picks for the police board.

Michelle Schwerin and William Ray Price Jr. were nominated by County Executive Sam Page to replace Commissioner Laurie Westfall and the board’s former chairman, Roland Corvington, after a St. Louis County jury found that the police department passed over a gay police sergeant 23 times for promotions during Chief Jon Belmar’s administration. Page told Westfall that she would be replaced, and Corvington resigned. 

The appointees will take office in 20 days, under the county charter, unless a majority of Circuit Court judges veto the appointments.

The remaining three members are serving on expired terms and could also be replaced soon. Page told the council Tuesday night that he hoped they would approve appointees he may make in the coming weeks.

"We won't allow one lawsuit to define who we are as a county and who we are as a police department," Page told the council Tuesday. "We can do better and we will do better. Inclusion must be a hallmark of county government and it will be as long as I'm sitting up here."

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