By Steve Patterson
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -- The St. Louis Police Board of Commissioners met Wednesday morning, just one day after voters decided they were no longer relevant.
Eventually, the five-member board still making decisions will dissolve, leaving the responsibility of the police to the Mayor's office.
Local control will not shift to the city until July 1st. From now until then, the Law requires a five member board to be assembled. Three members will be appointed by Mayor Francis Slay, two will be appointed by the state.
The team will be responsible for transitioning from state to local control.
St. Louis leaders haven't had control of their own police department since the Civil War. It was one of the last cities in the country to keep this system.
Mayor Slay this will save the city some 3.5 to 4 million dollars every year. He says that money will stay within the department.
He also promises easier access, a streamlined system and safer streets.
I heard they may mess with police pensions.
Mayor Slay says, under state law, pensions are off limits. They will remain under state control.
Tell me more.
Sharon Stevens will have more tonight on NewsChannel 5.