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What does the mayor of St. Louis actually have power to do?

Rici Hoffarth
St. Louis Public Radio

Editor's note: This article was published in 2017

For the first time in 16 years, St. Louis is welcoming a new mayor into office.

The shift in power from Francis Slay to Lyda Krewson led St. Louis native, Whitney Panneton to ask St. Louis Public Radio: What exactly does the mayor do?

The city of St. Louis has a reputation for a weak mayor system, which means answering Panneton’s  question also necessitates a look at the limitations on the mayor’s power.

“There’s a bit of the wizard behind the curtain here,” said political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Terry Jones. 

“Is the public somewhat unrealistic in wanting protection against having too powerful a mayor, but then wanting the mayor to get something done?” Jones continued. “Yes.”

St. Louis Public Radio illustrator Rici Hoffarth takes us through what the mayor does — web comic style:

Illustrations by Rici Hoffarth