Lyda Krewson sworn in as St. Louis Mayor

April 20, 2017: Lyda Krewson was officially sworn into office as St. Louis’ forty-sixth Mayor on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at City Hall, becoming the first woman to hold that post. In her inaugural speech at City Hall, the former longtime St. Louis Alderman said the city must find money for more summer jobs and recreation programs in a bid to alleviate poverty and violent crime. "We must also find a way to a more competitively paid, staffed and trained police department, who can rebuild the frayed relationships between law enforcement and in our community," she said. Krewson previously called for money for more police officers. Attendees at the inauguration included former St. Louis Mayors James Conway, Vincent Schoemehl, Freeman Bosley, Jr., and, coming off a record four terms, Francis Slay. Among the inauguration speakers was Kansas City Mayor Sly James, who called Krewson “the real deal” and said the two cities need to work together to address economic and social issues. He noted that St. Louis and Kansas City together comprise 15 percent of Missouri’s population but about 30 percent of its tax base, and he urged residents of both cities to “shake off that horrible tendency to get comfortable with the status quo.”

Attribution: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The St. Louis Business Journal

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