Gov.-elect Eric Greitens vowed Monday that violent protests such as those that happened in the Ferguson area after the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown would not happen during his administration as he announced two new public safety leaders.
Greitens named Drew Juden, director of public safety in Sikeston, as his director of public safety and Greg Favre, command staff officer for the St. Louis Fire Department, as deputy director.
Juden, 59, who oversees the police and fire departments in Sikeston, is a former president of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association. He has worked in law enforcement for 39 years, the last 15 in Sikeston, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Favre is also an executive member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in St. Louis and has 17 years of experience in public safety. He previously took two years off from the St. Louis Fire Department to be Greitens’ chief of staff at The Mission Continues, a nonprofit serving veterans that Greitens founded.
Greitens, a Republican, said the violence in Ferguson was a result of failed leadership from career politicians.
He said his administration would provide training and equipment that law enforcement needs, establish a Blue Alert system to notify the public to any attack on law enforcement officers and bring the “full force of justice” to bear against anyone who assaults a law enforcement officer in Missouri. And he asked all Missouri residents to work together to bring safety and security to the state.
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