Name: Harmon, Clarence
Category: Politics and Government (Number 44)
Term as Mayor: 1997-2001
Description: Clarence Harmon was the 48th mayor of St. Louis, serving one term from 1997 to 2001. He was the second African-American ever elected mayor in St. Louis. Harmon won election on a campaign to restore honesty and integrity to City Hall following incidences of alleged misuse of funds under the previous administration. A former chief of police, Harmon focused on stabilizing neighborhoods and increasing property values in the City. He reorganized the city ambulance services, oversaw the development of ConnectCare, the City’s health care program for the indigent, encouraged housing developments, and initiated plans for a new convention center hotel.
Born in St. Louis in 1940, Harmon served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army´s 101st Airborne Division. He joined the St. Louis Police Department at the age of 29 and was promoted to commander of Area 1 in 1988. He was named secretary of the Board of Police Commissioners in 1991 and chief of police in 1991, the first African-American to hold that position.
Harmon has been married three times and has two sons and two daughters.
Source: Missouri´s Black Heritage, 228.
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