ST. LOUIS COUNTY (June 30, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced today that St. Louis County achieved superior bond ratings from the nation's three leading bond ratings services. The news comes as local governments grapple with declining revenue amid the challenges of COVID-19 and other recent events.
Moody's Investors Service gave the County its highest rating, AAA, praising the County's "conservative budgeting practices" and "prudent financial management" that will "sustain stable economic and financial performance over the long term."
FitchRatings also gave the County its AAA rating, calling the current management capacity "exceptionally strong" and prepared for "solid growth." The ratings service praised the early Stay-at-Home order and Dr. Page's decision to suspend non-essential spending during the pandemic as wise budget practices.
Standard and Poor's announced that the County maintained its AA+ rating and "stable outlook.” S&P noted that Dr. Page "is well positioned to handle the pandemic and related recession during the next few years" due to "strong financial management."
"I am proud that St. Louis County is rated so highly -- especially considering how challenging 2020 has been for all of us," Dr. Page said. "The County is not immune to economic challenges faced throughout the community. Like other organizations, we've had to make some tough decisions to keep things stable."
FERGUSON (June 29, 2020) - St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page and Urban League President & CEO Michael P. McMillan today announced the start of a comprehensive review of public safety in the St. Louis County Police Department.
The review, which will be led by two nationally recognized former police chiefs, will examine how best to implement effective community policing strategies in St. Louis County, and review use of force training and practice. It will review policing, help reduce violent crime, and protect civil rights. It will explore the best ways to provide instruction, including cultural, racial, and community sensitivity training, de-escalation training, and implicit bias training. It will also explore the roles that police officers play in the public safety system – including an important review of where other professionals, such as nurses, advocates, and social workers, can provide a more tailored response in cases such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health crises.
The review will be entirely privately funded by Civic Progress companies and the Regional Business Council. No tax dollars will be spent on the review. “In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, as we have seen millions of people all across our country and in this community call for change, and we have been having conversations with leaders of our civic and business community about how they can help us confront this crisis as well. This review is an incredible opportunity to identify and enact meaningful steps to improve policing and protect civil rights,” McMillan said.
Page said he decided to support the study after consulting with St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, Judge Ray Price, chairman of the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, and St. Louis County Police Chief Mary Barton.
Page said that Price and Barton have assigned St. Louis County Police Department Lt. Col. Troy Doyle to provide essential coordination with the review.
“It is important that we rise to the challenge of strengthening a public safety system that protects and serves all of us and keeps all of our residents safe from violence,” Page said. “At the same time, we have to confront another crisis in our country and in our region. Systemic racism is ingrained in St. Louis and in our institutions, including law enforcement. We have to have the humility to recognize where we fall short and the urgency to do something about it.” Page said that the former police chiefs conducting the review would be Chief Charles Ramsey and Chief Daniel Oates.
Chief Ramsey served as the co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Ramsey has led the police departments of Chicago, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, dramatically reducing homicides in all three cities while changing departments to better protect civil rights, more community policing, and improved sensitivity training.
Chief Daniel Oates has spent two decades as a leader in the New York Police Department. He also led the police departments of Ann Arbor, Mich., Aurora, Colo., and Miami Beach, Fla., where he oversaw significant reforms to strengthen police-community relations, institute strong accountability measures to address misconduct, and make communities safer by reducing violent crime. He is considered one of the foremost experts on community policing in the country. County Prosecutor Wesley Bell said he was encouraged by the scope of the review.
“The St. Louis County Public Safety Review is an opportunity to take a proven, data and research driven approach and use it to address our public safety challenges,” Bell said. “We have to be able to talk about implicit bias and cultural sensitivity because that's the only way to address the culture changes needed in law enforcement and allow us to move St. Louis forward in a meaningful way."
St. Louis County, MO (June 29, 2020) - A CARES Act Ballot is available for members of the public to take part in a participatory budgeting process that will determine where federal funds are distributed.
When the County was awarded a $173.5 million grant from the federal government, County Executive Page stressed that the money would go where it is needed most. Advisors from across the County have brought in their varied various expertise and experiences to assist in distribution.
“From the start, I committed to getting assistance and resources to the communities hardest hit during the pandemic,” said County Executive Page. “Participatory budgeting provides a unique opportunity to give communities in greater need a larger voice in the process and become their own advocates.”
Participatory budgeting asks residents in some of the most vulnerable parts of the County to decide how to spend $7 million in federal CARES Act funding for community healthcare services. Targeted areas include 18 ZIP codes – 17 in North County, and one in the Southeast.
The ZIP codes for participatory budgeting are: 63133, 63120, 63136, 63137, 63121, 63134, 63138, 63074, 63135, 63114, 63140, 63033, 63042, 63044, 63034, 63132, 63125, and 63130.
Targeted areas were chosen based on census and other data including median household income, unem-ployment rate, percentage of people uninsured, and rate of COVID-19 in that part of the County.
The participatory budget process will be built into more programs across the County as time goes on. This concept incorporates voices not often sought in the decision-making process and empowers our communities.
Additional community members will review proposals. After an RFP process, contracts will then be is-sued to provide the services to residents in the targeted areas.
The CARES Act Ballot can be found online: http://stlcorona.com/resources/stlco-cares/cares-act-ballot/
St. Louis County, MO (June 29, 2020) - Beginning Monday, June 29, St. Louis County residents can
reduce wait times by scheduling appointments with the Department of Revenue.
The appointment scheduler can be found at bit.ly/CollectorScheduler for Department of Revenue services
at Northwest Crossings (St. Ann) and South County (Mehlville) offices for in-person appointments
starting July 1. Face masks need to be worn to ensure the safety of customers and staff alike.
Appointment scheduling for St. Louis County’s main office in Clayton is expected to be available by
Many State Departments require County documentation, like property tax receipts, for residents to renew
vehicle registrations and other basic functions. COVID-19 stay-home orders created a backlog of
requests, even though the state extended their deadlines.
“Due to the state motor vehicle offices’ need for County documents during the COVID-19 pandemic,
this is a great way to improve access and reduce wait times,” shared Executive Director of Operations,
Scheduling Revenue appointments adds to the online services available to residents to complete their
County business. Paying property taxes and scheduling marriage licenses and notary commissions are
among the online services already available. For up-to-date information on government services, visit
Scheduling for the Clayton office will begin in a few weeks. The lobby is being remodeled to better accommodate
and serve residents safely.
“When 41 S Central reopens in a few weeks, residents will be able to take care of all their in-person
dealings with the County from the street level,” said County Executive Sam Page. “We want to create a
seamless experience that’s efficient and makes a priority the health and safety of everyone.”
Until then, drop boxes continue to be available for County departments in the vestibule of 41 S Central.
NOTICE TO CONSULTANTS
The St. Louis County Department of Transportation is requesting the services of a highly-qualified consulting engineering firm to perform professional engineering services for the Buckley Road Bridges No. 528 and 528-P project (St. Louis County project number CR-1772).
Full details for this project, including submittal requirements and deadline, will be available on June 29, 2020 from the St. Louis County Web Site (www.stlouisco.com)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (June 28, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, County Executive Page will hold briefings at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Following his remarks, County Executive Page will open the briefing for questions from the media.
Monday, June 29, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
St. Louis County Courthouse
105 South Central Avenue, jury assembly room
Please arrive a few minutes early. All who attend will have their temperatures taken and go through regular courthouse security. The jury room was selected so that social distancing practices can be followed.
For those unable to attend, the media briefing will be streamed on County Executive Page’s Facebook page.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (June 25, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
County Executive Page will announce a program that allows residents who live in areas of the County most impacted by COVID-19 to select how $7 million in CARES Act funds are spent on their community healthcare services.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, County Executive Page will hold briefings at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Following his remarks, County Executive Page will open the briefing for questions from the media.
Friday, June 26, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (June 24, 2020) - A new Economic Rescue Team appointed by County Executive Dr. Sam Page will recommend ways to use COVID-19 relief funds to help boost the county’s economy and review county regulations for businesses to see how government can work more efficiently.
The six-person advisory team, all volunteers, will not make policies but help determine the best way to assist businesses during the economic recovery. The team will oversee four working groups focusing on: minority- and immigrant-owned businesses; small businesses and industry; community development; and workforce development.
“The team is designed to ensure that the voices of small businesses and workers are heard in the process,” said County Executive Page. “The Economic Rescue Team will play a critical role in helping us moving through and beyond this crisis.”
The Economic Rescue Team members are:
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (June 23, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (June 21, 2020) - County Executive Dr. Sam Page will hold a media briefing at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Monday, June 22, 2020, 8:30 a.m.