Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nixon at STLCC Flo Valley For Major Press Conference


Today at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the creation of a new independent commission to address long standing concerns present in the St. Louis region brought to the forefront in the wake of Michael Brown, Jr.’s killing in Ferguson and the subsequent unrest.

The Governor said he will use an executive order to create the Ferguson Commission and expects roughly 15 people to be selected. The commission will be charged with studying issues and making recommendations for substantive reforms and progress. Gov. Nixon plans for the new group’s work to focus on numerous areas including education, economics and law enforcement.

“The challenges we have in this area are broader than what happened in Ferguson,” said Nixon.

In a press release Nixon said that (Missourians) need to solve these problems ourselves, but together.  He also expressed a concern over people from outside of Missouri pushing their agendas that do not reflect the best interest of the communities here in the region.  

The executive order will be signed when the Ferguson Commission is announced. The Governor said he doesn’t have any specific time frame set for the commission to complete its work. “It’s going to take a while,” Nixon said. He suggested that the work could potentially take six months to a year to complete.

Missourians interested in nominating people to serve on the commission, or those wanting to serve on the commission themselves, should visit www.mo.gov  or contact the newly created Office of Community Engagement lead by former State Senator Maida Coleman.

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