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Mayor Francis Slay

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced several personnel changes Friday.  Richard Gray will become the new director of public safety. Gray, is the former president of the St. Louis Police Board, is replacing Charlene Deeken.

Fred Wessels will be the director of the Community Development Administration. Wessels is the 13th Ward alderman and longtime chairman of the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee.  He replaces a retired Jill Claybour.

Inside the Mayor’s Office, Mary Ellen Ponder will move from Deputy Chief of Staff to Director of Operations.  She is switching position with current operations director, Eddie Roth, who will be the new  Deputy Chief of Staff for program implementation, focusing on ways to improve the quality of life in the City.

Michael Garvin, Deputy City Counselor, will serve as Acting City Counselor. He replaces Patricia Hageman, who recently left to join a Clayton law firm.

All personnel changes are effective immediately.

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