Gov. Jay Nixon swore in the members of the Ferguson Commission — a committee he formed to address the “social and economic conditions” highlighted by protests after the killing of Michael Brown.
The appointees have been selected by the governor from a pool of more than 300 applicants. Nixon introduced them Tuesday afternoon at the Missouri History Museum.
The co-chairmen of the organization are the Rev. Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation and pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in St. Louis, and Rich McClure, chairman of the St. Louis Regional Board of Teach of America, former president of UniGroup and of Civil Progress.
Nixon announced the formation of the commission last month. At the time, he said it was not an attempt to prepare the community for the possibility that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson won’t face charges at the state or federal level. A St. Louis County grand jury is weighing whether to indict Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, on August 9th.
That decision is expected any day. On Monday, Nixon declared a state of emergency and called up the Missouri National Guard to help deal with the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision.
Nixon has said the commission will have “the full authority of my office. … It will have the resources necessary.” He expects the commission’s work will take six months to a year.
About a third of the applicants came from St. Louis itself, according to information provided by Nixon’s office. Many were from St. Louis County, including 34 from Ferguson itself and 34 from Florissant. A few even applied from out of state.
Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch