Former Police Chief to Head Missouri Public Safety
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Former St. Louis County Police Chief Jerry Lee has been appointed director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Lee's selection Tuesday. He succeeds John Britt, who stepped down last week.
Lee served as a police chief from 2004 to 2009 and worked a total of 38 years in the St. Louis County Police Department. Nixon
had appointed him last year to the St. Louis city Board of Police Commissioners.
Lee's appointment as state public safety director will be subject to Senate confirmation when the Legislature convenes next
The Department of Public Safety oversees the state Highway Patrol, Missouri National Guard and State Emergency Management Agency, among other things.