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Nixon Announces Creation of Ferguson Commission to Gathering at STLCC-Florissant Valley

October 21, 2014

Jay Nixon  
Capt Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the creation of the Ferguson Commission during a news conference today at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the creation of an independent commission to study and make specific recommendations for how to address and resolve issues raised during the unrest in Ferguson.

During a news conference at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, Nixon said that the Ferguson Commission, through an executive order, will be charged with

  • Conducting a thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the underlying social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown.
  • Tapping into expertise needed to address key concerns identified by the commission – from poverty and education, to governance and law enforcement.
  • Making specific recommendations to make the St. Louis region a stronger, fairer place for everyone.

“My fervent hope – and my belief – is that we will find thoughtful people from every walk of life, ordinary citizens as well as empowered leaders in business, education, public safety and our faith communities, who are willing to serve their state when it needs them most,” Nixon said.  “This is a defining moment that will determine whether this place will be known as a region marred by racial division and unrest, or a region that pulled together to rise above and heal.

“With your help and support, the Ferguson Commission will chart a new path forward, as we take the next steps toward healing and positive change,” he added.

The commission will not be investigating Brown’s death or the facts of what happened in the street that day.

“They must be willing to talk candidly and openly, and – more importantly – to listen to what those on every side have to say,” Nixon added. “These are difficult conversations that for far too long have been avoided or ignored. This work in not for the faint of heart.”

The members of the commission will be announced early in November. Missourians interested in serving on the commission are invited to apply by visiting www.mo.gov.