Mayor Francis Slay used both sincerity and humor today in an inaugural speech
celebrating his third term in office.
Among the issues touched on in his address was a plea to Governor Jay Nixon asking that St. Louis City be allowed to control the police department. (Control of the department was transferred to Jefferson City during the Civil War out of fear that the police would sympathize with the Union Army.)
Said Slay today in his address today:
Ladies and gentlemen from Jefferson City, it is time to let go of
the past. The Civil War ended 144 years ago. In the age of YouTube,
I-phones, and Twitter, it is time that St. Louis joined every other
city in America and got its own police department. Governor Nixon, I
promise we will not use it against the Confederate Army.
Slay also suggested that the city and the county merge or -- at the very least -- share some services.
The City must reform its charter. The City, the inner suburbs, and
outer suburbs must combine services. And, I strongly believe, that we
must begin to lay the groundwork for the City of St. Louis to enter St.
The mayor also suggested that this shared spirit of cooperation could lead to a smoking ban
-- something he referred to as a relatively simple task considering other regional problems.
We must combine our resources and talents to figure out solutions
to regional issues as complex as race relations, poverty,
transportation, and creating jobs in new industries - and to regional
tasks as simple as writing smoke-free laws, sharing public services,
and building bike paths.
Read the speech in its entirety at MayorSlay.com