Accomplishments and Sound Leadership
ADVANCING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Worked collaboratively with St. Louis County, the Economic Development Partnership, Bayer (formerly Monsanto), the Danforth Plant Science Center, BRDG Park, as an active participant in the development of the 39 North Innovation District Master Plan, which was adopted as part of our Creve Coeur 2030 Comprehensive Plan, and includes the Greenways Plan and Old Olive Great Street Plan.
PROMOTING PUBLIC SAFETY
Instrumental in placing a $10.5 million bond issue on the ballot to build a state-of-the-art, stand-alone police station, which Creve Coeur voters approved overwhelmingly. This new facility opened in the spring of 2019.
The men and women of the Creve Coeur police department merit a facility that is commensurate with the highest standards of their profession. Being certified by the International Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), as well as meeting and exceeding all state standards, are well-deserved recognitions, established and implemented prior to recent scrutiny of law enforcement policies and procedures.
Facilitated the effort to rename the (former) Beirne Park, to the Dr. H. Phillip Venable Memorial Park in recognition of the City’s misuse of eminent domain in the late 1950’s. Creve Coeur acquired the land from the Venables under the pretense of creating public green space, but the actual impetus was to exclude them due to their race.
Redefining the past’s antiquated and divisive paradigms, this change acknowledges the true narrative of the park, indicating that we are leading by example and promoting a culture of tolerance and a spirit of diversity.
Good governance ALWAYS includes checks and balances, and never relinquishes control to just 1 person - regardless of anyone's good intentions.
The decision on how/where to allocate $173.5 million in Covid-19 relief funds should be a collaborative effort by those who were elected to represent their districts, ensuring that all voices are heard. There is a big difference between the transparency we all want (and deserve) and simply reporting statistics from the rear-view mirror.
Voters have a choice in the County Council primary election to be held on August 04, 2020 - someone who follows the status quo, or someone who will stand up for what is right!