In our next phase, Better Together will seek to identify and report on governmental reforms that can improve the cost and effectiveness of St. Louis’ municipal services. To that end, Better Together is forming a task force which will lead this next phase and ultimately issue reports and recommendations to the community.  Leading the task force will be:

Suzanne Sitherwood
President and Chief Executive Officer, Spire

Dr. Will Ross
Associate Dean for Diversity, Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine

Arindam Kar
Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP

Kira Van Niel
Program Manager, The Boeing Company

How should St. Louis government be organized?

The Task Force and Better Together staff will endeavor to issue reports and recommendations on ideal governmental structures for St. Louis. To accomplish that, they will work with other community organizations and the general public. “We want to give St. Louis residents the opportunity to choose an ideal governmental structure—one that will provide high quality services in a cost-effective manner,” said task-force member Suzanne Sitherwood.  Another member, Dr. Will Ross agreed, “we aspire to create a region steeped in racial, social, and economic equity where everyone can achieve their full potential. We hope to recommend a structure that allows the St. Louis region to provide opportunities for all our citizens while celebrating the uniqueness that has made St. Louis a wonderful place to call home.”

Mayor Krewson and County Executive Stenger endorse effort

Mayor Lyda Krewson and County Executive Steve Stenger attended Better Together’s press conference and showed support for this effort.

“Over the last two years I’ve seen the limitations that our current structure places on us. It frequently prevents us from changing and adapting to the times we live in. Businesses struggle with our fragmentation,” said County Executive Stenger. “In order for us to reach our true potential, we must make some changes. I’ve heard many solutions talked about, and without a formal presentation of options and without a deep dive and a thorough analysis we will not know which path forward is the correct one.  But I know it’s time for us to look hard at the alternatives, to perform the necessary analysis, and choose a path forward with respect to these issues.”

Mayor Krewson agreed.  “I recognize that the city is going to have to change in order to thrive. I said that many times during my campaign and these first several weeks in office have affirmed that opinion. I’m grateful to Better Together and the task force for taking this on and I look forward to their findings.”

Stenger and Krewson pledged to work with the Task Force as needed.  “The time for this effort is now,” said Stenger.