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Krewson taps St. Louis alderwoman to serve in record-keeping post

City of St. Louis

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson picked one of her former aldermanic colleagues to serve as the city’s chief record keeper.

Krewson is appointing Alderwoman Dionne Flowers to head the Office of the Register. That appointed officeholder is responsible for maintaining the city’s official records, as well as certifying city elections. 

Flowers represented the 2nd Ward, which takes in six neighborhoods in north St. Louis. She was first elected to her aldermanic seat in 1999.

During the Democratic primary for mayor, Flowers was a prominent Krewson supporter. She appeared intelevision and web advertisements for Krewson, who at the time was the 28th Ward’s alderwoman.

With Flowers stepping aside, the Board of Aldermen will have eight new members before 2017 is over. Six aldermen were elected during the 2017 municipal election cycle, while Heather Navarro was elected to succeed Krewson as the 28th Ward’s alderwoman.

Based off a provision in St. Louis' charter, the special election to succeed Flowers will likely take place in November.

Flowers will replace Parrie May as city register later this month.

Prince to lead job agency

In addition to Flowers’ appointment, Krewson also named Alice Prince as the director of St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment. That agency is in charge of some of the city’s job and education programs, as well as initiatives to help people who are recently released from prison move  into the workforce.

Prince succeeds Michael Holmes, who had been SLATE’s director for roughly 10 years.

As a division manager for SLATE, Prince was involved in Workforce High School, which gave young people seeking to complete their high school diploma 24-hour-a-day access to educational services. She recently started an “Employment Pop Up Shop” program, where city workers go into neighborhoods with high crime rates and connect young people with employment opportunities.

Krewson also announced the appointment of Newton McCoy as St.Louis’ administrative judge and Richard Torack as city court administrator. Both men had served as municipal court judges.

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Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.