Thursday, December 12, 2019 The Lodge of Des Peres

(Please Note that this event is on Thursday, not our usual Wednesday)


Local Governance and the Board of Freeholders

Featuring Jim Brasfield PhD, Emeritus Professor of Management at Webster University



Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Networking & Complimentary Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Presentation

The Lodge of Des Peres
1050 Des Peres Road
Des Peres, Missouri 63131


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Reservation deadline is December 11, 2019.



In 1876 the City of St. Louis separated from St. Louis County. This has fundamentally shaped the development of the region for the last century. There have been multiple attempts to change this governmental structure.  The latest was the effort of Better Together to merge the City and County. The Board of Freeholders is a constitutional mechanism to modify local government structure. This process has been triggered, and Board will have twelve months to present a plan.

Why does St Louis have so many local governments? How would changes in government structure impact the lives of citizens? What can we expect from this Board of Freeholders? What are the options they have for a viable plan? Is this process likely to be different from Better Together?

Join us for a discussion of local government structure and the future of St. Louis



Jim Brasfield is an Emeritus Professor of Management at Webster University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Case-Western Reserve University, and a Master’s in Political Science from St Louis University.

During his 39 years of teaching at Webster he was Chair of the Department of Management for 19 years, and President of the Faculty Senate for 6 years. He directed the graduate program in health administration, and taught courses in Management, health policy, state and local government, and American politics. In addition to his book, Health Policy: The Decade Ahead,  Jim has wrtitten several articles and conference papers on health policy topics, and local government organization and finance.

His avocation was local politics.  He served 18 years on the Crestwood Board of Aldermen, and 6 years as Mayor. During that time he was a member of several local government related committees, including the St. Louis County Municipal League.  He is currently the Chairman of the Municipal Parks Grant Commission, the Public Policy Advocacy Committee for the National MS Society, and a member of the Board of Directors of VOYCE, a St. Louis non-profit.