Mayor Francis Slay plans to announce today the appointment of Charles Bryson as the City’s Director of Public Safety. Bryson will replace Sam Simon, who has resigned to pursue another opportunity.
Bryson will take over the position immediately.
Bryson most recently served as Mayor Slay’s Neighborhood Development Executive and deputy chief of staff. Prior to joining City government, Bryson worked for the Missouri Housing Development Commission, a state agency.
The Department of Public Safety is the largest city department. As director, Bryson will supervise several City agencies, including the St. Louis Fire Department, two correctional institutions, the Neighborhood Stabilization Office, and the Building Division.
Bryson is married to a St. Louis public school teacher. They have two children and live in the Penrose neighborhood.