New plan being floated for City NSOs
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis, MO. – St. Louis city aldermen may get more oversight over Neighborhood Stabilization Officers, or NSOs, under a plan now under consideration at City Hall.
However, they would not get the direct control some originally wanted.
NSOs are supposed to help solve neighborhood quality-of-life problems, and act as a liaison between residents and city agencies.
But some aldermen say not all NSOs are performing up to par.
Barbara Geisman is Mayor Francis Slay's development director. She says a proposal now in the works will make NSOs more responsive.
"If the problems aren't getting solved, where they end up is on the alderman's desk or the mayor's desk, and they need to get solved at the NSO level," Geisman said.
Geisman says under the current system some aldermen have to work with up to six NSOs.
The new plan would assign no more than two officers to any single ward.