CLAYTON — Calling for “an finish to the bitter politics of the previous,” St. Louis County Government Sam Web page pledged extra cooperation and inclusion to work for all St. Louis County residents as he was sworn in Monday as chief of the state’s most populous county.
St. Louis County Circuit Choose Michael Burton administered the oath.
Web page, 55, will full the remaining two years of former govt Steve Stenger’s time period. The St. Louis County Council voted to raise Web page in 2019 after Stenger was indicted in a federal pay-to-play case and resigned.
The incumbent defeated two sturdy challengers within the Democratic major on Aug. 4, Assessor Jake Zimmerman and businessman Mark Mantovani, then handily defeated Republican Paul Berry III within the Nov. 3 normal election.
Web page campaigned throughout a yr marked by overlapping crises, together with the COVID-19 pandemic, racial divisions inside the county police division, and an financial recession. He confronted fierce criticism from political opponents, together with some council members who had been allies throughout Stenger’s tenure.
In a speech Monday, Web page struck an optimistic tone, calling for “an finish to bitter politics of the previous,” because the county continued to handle the pandemic, financial downturn and requires police reform.
The county’s inauguration ceremony, which was streamed on-line, passed off a number of days after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid to overturn the nationwide election.