by: Joe Millitzer
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Police Chief John Hayden is postponing his retirement as the city searches for a new leader. Mayor Tishaura O. Jones told the Post-Dispatch last week that the search for a new police chief needs to start over. Hayden’s delay will give them time to do that.
“Today, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief John Hayden announced his intention to remain with the force past his original February retirement date. The search for the next police chief is still underway.
The Mayor does not have unilateral authority to restart the police chief search herself. That is up to the Department of Personnel and the St. Louis Civil Service Commission. The Mayor’s hope for the people of the City of St. Louis is that there is a fair and transparent application process to select the most qualified candidates. She views the Civil Service Commission’s concerns about the lack of virtual testing and marketing firm as valid.”
Hayden said that he would retire in February. The announcement came this past September. It is not clear when he will step down now.
The Civil Service Commission has been reviewing several candidates for months. Around 30 rejection letters were sent in November while other candidates are still being vetted.
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A crash at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday has caused a large delay in south St. Louis County.
The crash is on 255 westbound at 55 and traffic is backed up to Telegraph. It is unknown at this time if anyone was injured.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The current record-setting surge in COVID cases is leading St. Louis County to temporarily change the way its Department of Revenue offices operates. St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page is expected to officially announce the changes at a news conference Wednesday morning at the main county administration building.
Page’s chief spokesperson Doug Moore said Department of Revenue workers interact the most with the public out of any county employees inside the three county buildings. Moore said over a quarter of the 80 revenue department workers have either been out with COVID or have been quarantined due to exposure to COVID.
ST. LOUIS – Someone shot a man in the leg early Wednesday morning in north St. Louis.
The man was in an SUV on Halls Ferry Road at Newby Street just before 2 a.m. The window was shot out and the SUV has several bullet holes.