The fact that only 17 percent of the Police Department’s 1,859 employees said they do not have confidence in Chief Joe Mokwa is hardly an indicator of any widespread discontent with his tenure. In fact, two employee organizations the St. Louis Police Leadership Organization and the Ethical Society of Police publicly and strongly supported the Chief.
At least as important as a low turnout (fewer than half the members who received a ballot returned it) in a symbolic vote is the confidence showed the Chief by the people he works for the Board of Police Commissioners, the Board of Aldermen, citizens of St. Louis, and me.
It is tough being the police chief of a big city. The fact that crime is lower here than it has been in years is testimony to the good, hard work our police officers do despite the challenges a perennially tight budget gives them.
I am strongly committed to finding more resources to help the Department keep our
neighborhoods safer-- and I know the Chief is very much committed, too.