Police Chief Candidate Town Hall – December 14, 2017
The following six applicants are the finalists in consideration to be named the next police commissioner of the City of St. Louis.
The candidates appeared at a town hall forum at St. Louis University’s Law Campus.
Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
Mary Edwards-Fears – St. Louis, MO
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.
Stephen Geron – Dallas, TX
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.
John Hayden – St. Louis, MO
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.
Keith Humphrey – Norman, OK
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.
Patrick Melvin – Port Arthur, TX
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.
Lawrence O’Toole – St. Louis, MO
Lawrence O’Toole currently serves as the Interim Police Chief for the City of St. Louis, a position he has held since April 2017. He has a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University. He has served in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for 33 years.
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.
This video is the result of a law passed in 2016 by 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French. The historic “Transparency in Government Law” requires all public meetings of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen; the Board of Estimate & Apportionment; the Board of Public Service; and the Preservation Board be recorded and made available on an official City of St. Louis YouTube channel.