Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Police Spokeswoman to Step Down, but Family Ties Are Tight

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Police Spokeswoman to Step Down, but Family Ties Are Tight

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POLICE STATEMENT - Word reached this bureau that longtime St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Y. Jackson is ankling the department next week -- for destinations as yet undisclosed.

Jackson has more than 19 years with the department. She was hired in 1999 as a media coordinator and then became the department's public information manager in 2002.

Before that, Jackson worked at KTVI (Channel 2) for nine years, first as a news assistant and then as coordinator for "Contact 2."

Jackson, whose last day will be Aug. 17, said she plans to take several weeks off, and then has a "couple of things in the works, which I'm not quite ready to disclose."

Police Chief John Hayden, the fifth for whom Jackson has worked, said of Jackson's departure, "This is a great loss not only for the department, but for me personally. It'll be a challenge" to replace her.

Jackson's husband is Ray Jackson, a sergeant with St. Louis police. Her son, Ryan Jackson, was among police academy graduates sworn in last week as a new officer.

"So I still have a connection to this department," she said, "and I always will."

BENCH MARKS - St. Louis County Circuit Judge Michael D. Burton returned from Chicago last week with a win.

Burton was awarded the Judith S. Kaye Award for Judicial Excellence from the American Bar Association's commission on domestic and sexual violence at the group's annual conference.

The award is given "to recognize service by judicial officers who demonstrate knowledge of domestic and sexual violence, and show exemplary leadership developing courtroom responses to these issues."

Burton, appointed to the bench in 1999, is the judge for the county circuit's alternative treatment court and started its first mental health court. In 2009, he helped create the domestic violence court.

BAR TABS - Amy E. Breihan has been named the St. Louis director of the MacArthur Justice Center. …

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