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Judge Jimmie Edwards sworn in as Director of Public Safety

ST. LOUIS, MO _Judge Jimmie Edwards was sworn in as St. Louis' new Director of Public Safety on Monday. He was appointed to the position by Mayor Lyda Krewson on October 13.

Edwards has served as a St. Louis circuit judge since 1992.

As director, he will oversee 3,500 employees. His department includes fire, police, the building division, and corrections. The City Charter also provides for the public safety director to choose a new police chief.

The current Public Safety Director, Charleen Deeken, will stay with the city as deputy director.

The swearing in ceremony was private.