St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Mayor Francis Slay appointed Eddie Roth as the new public safety director for the City of St. Louis on Friday.
Roth, 53, replaces Charles Bryson, who had served as public safety director for the last five years. Bryson will rejoin Mayor Slay's staff as a senior policy advisor.
The St. Louis Department of Public Safety is the largest municipal government department in the city and employs more than 1,400 people. The department is broken up into eight divisions: Building Division; City Emergency Management Agency; Corrections Division, which includes the City Justice Center and Medium Security Institution; Excise Division (liquor control office); Fire Department, which includes the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services; Neighborhood Stabilization Team, which includes Citizens' Service Bureau; and Office of Special Events.
Roth joined Mayor Slay's staff in August 2011 as St. Louis' chief performance officer to implement recommendations made by IBM to reduce crime in the city. IBM's recommendations came as a result of the city's involvement in the tech giant's Smarter Cities Challenge program. St. Louis was the first big city chosen to participate in the program.
Before joining the mayor's staff, Roth was a member of the Board of Police Commissioners from 1998 through 2001, serving as president in 2000-2001. He's a former editorial writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a past president of the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association, and practiced law for nearly 20 years.