Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parson, Stenger Discuss Public Safety, Jobs, Bi-State in Brief Meeting

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parson, Stenger Discuss Public Safety, Jobs, Bi-State in Brief Meeting

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CLAYTON - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson paid a quick visit to the St. Louis area on Wednesday for a 30-minute closed-door conversation with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.

In comments to reporters after the meeting, the leaders offered few specifics about their discussion, other than that they discussed public safety, workforce development and appointments to the Bi-State Development Board. Parson and Stenger took questions for nine minutes.

It was the second meeting between Stenger and Parson since the governor was sworn in on June 1; Stenger and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson met with Parson in Jefferson City on June 6.

Parson said he wanted to "continue the meeting we had in Jeff City." He said it was "good to hear the chief talk about some of the initiatives that they started, some of the things they are putting in place with crime rates here."

He said they also talked about workforce development and jobs. "We want to be part of this region of the state, and it's important for me to get out and be here to see what their concerns are and how we can work together."

Asked if there were specific projects that he discussed with Stenger, Parson said that, with regard to workforce development, he was "trying to learn some of the things they are doing good here in this county that we may be able to transfer some of the positive things that are happening maybe to the state level" and vice versa.

"There's a lot of programs out there across the state and I think one of the goals we have is how do we unite these programs, or how do we consolidate them, to where everybody gets use of them. So that's some of the things we are talking about today."

Stenger said it was a "very productive meeting" and that he was grateful for Parson's visit.

"One of the things we talked about was Proposition P and all of the various things we've done with Proposition P, adding two officers to a vehicle, what we've been able to do from a retention standpoint and an attraction standpoint for officers. …

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