Ferguson: Who’s who

By Brandie Piper

Published Nov. 11, 2014 on KSDK.com.
  • Joined the St. Louis County Police Department in 1986
  • Grew up in north St. Louis County
  • Appointed chief in 2014
  • Elected to U.S. Senate in 2010
  • Elected seven times to U.S. House of Representatives
  • Former history teacher
  • Former president of Southwest Baptist University
  • Born in University City
  • Elected to State Senate in 2010
  • Serves as director on the University City School Board
  • Served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2004 – 2010

Attorney Benjamin Crump

  • Lead attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin
  • Member of the NAACP
  • Board chairman of Legal Services of North Florida
  • Grew up in the City of St. Louis
  • Enlisted with the U.S. Army in 1965, served in Vietnam
  • Worked with McDonnell-Douglas for 30 years
  • Served as St. Louis County executive since 2003
  • Joined the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in 1993
  • Named police chief in 2012
  • 34th police chief of the force
  • Senior managing partner at Johnson Gray, LLC
  • Serves on the Mound City Bar Association
  • Became Ferguson chief in 2010
  • Worked for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for more than 30 years
  • Former SWAT team supervisor
  • Former commander of the St. Louis County Drug Task Force
  • 27-year veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Became captain in 2002
  • Oversees 147 officers & 157 civilian employees of Troop C
  • Appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in August 2014 to lead law enforcement operations in Ferguson
  • Elected mayor of Ferguson in 2011
  • Served as city councilman before elected mayor
  • When elected, was one of the youngest mayors in St. Louis County
  • First female prosecutor in Jackson County, Mo.
  • Became Missouri state auditor in 1999
  • Lost bid for Missouri governor in 2004
  • Elected to U.S. Senate in 2006
  • Became St. Louis County prosecutor in 1991
  • Attorney in private practice from 1985 – 1990
  • Former assistant prosecuting attorney in Missouri Court of Appeals
  • His father was a police officer killed in the line of duty
  • Elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2005
  • Served in Missouri House from 2006 – 2012
  • Elected to Missouri Senate in 2012
  • Chairman of the Urban Issues Committee
  • Born in De Soto, Mo.
  • Serving second term as governor
  • Practiced law and is the former Missouri attorney general
  • Managing partner at ParksCrump Attorney at Law
  • Served as president of the National Bar Association
  • On the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Northern District of Florida
  • Former chairman of the New Black Panther Party
  • Founder of Black Lawyers for Justice
  • His firm filed suit against members of the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments
  • 45th mayor of the City of St. Louis
  • First St. Louis mayor to be elected to four terms
  • Served 10 years as a St. Louis alderman
  • Practiced law for 20 years
  • Grew up in Affton
  • Served as prosecuting attorney
  • Partner at a local law firm
  • Elected to St. Louis County Council in 2008
  • Elected St. Louis County executive in November 2014
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