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CitiesStrong Board

CitiesStrong has a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of former and current city leaders and educators, united in advocacy for regional collaboration, local decision-making and hometown pride.

Joe Adams
State Representative; former University City mayor; past president, St. Louis County Municipal League and Missouri Municipal League
Susan Ankenbrand
Former Ferguson council member
Jean Antoine
Former Olivette mayor
R. Jon Bopp
Former Ballwin mayor; Planning and Zoning chair, Wildwood
James Brasfield
Former Crestwood mayor; past president, St. Louis County Municipal League; Professor emeritus, Webster University
Matt Conley
City administrator, St. Ann
Scott Douglass
Mayor of Clarkson Valley; past president, St. Louis County Municipal League
Tim Fischesser
Retired executive director, St. Louis County Municipal League
Bert Gates
Former Shrewsbury mayor; former president, St. Louis County Municipal League
Monica Huddleston
Former Greendale mayor; board member, Great Rivers Greenway
E. Terrence Jones
Professor of political science and public policy administration, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Keith Krieg
Mayor of Frontenac
George Liyeos
Former Rock Hill city administrator
Viola Murphy
Mayor of Cool Valley
Bill Nolan
Former Sunset Hills mayor
Kyra Watson
Former Berkeley mayor
Gerry Welch
Mayor of Webster Groves; past president, St. Louis County Municipal League and Missouri Municipal League; Associate Professor Emeritus, Economics, St. Louis Community College
Chief Carl Wolf
Retired Police Chief, Hazelwood; Past Vice President-Treasurer International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

About CitiesStrong

Regional collaboration, hometown pride.


CitiesStrong is an alliance bringing together former and current municipal leaders in St. Louis County. We support balancing regional creative collaboration with local decision-making and pride in our hometowns. CitiesStrong will be a source of reliable information about the roles played by our cities and the important role of regional collaboration in making the St. Louis region stronger.

CitiesStrong’s initial funding is from the St. Louis County Municipal League. The League leadership responded to eagerness by former and current municipal officials for a forum to provide accurate, credible and complete information about the importance of local municipalities and regional collaboration.


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Join our alliance to promote regional collaboration, local decision-making and hometown pride.


CitiesStrong Board

CitiesStrong has a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of former and current city leaders and educators, united in advocacy for regional collaboration, local decision-making and hometown pride.

Joe Adams
State Representative; former University City mayor; past president, St. Louis County Municipal League and Missouri Municipal League
Susan Ankenbrand
Former Ferguson council member
Jean Antoine
Former Olivette mayor
R. Jon Bopp
Former Ballwin mayor; Planning and Zoning chair, Wildwood
James Brasfield
Former Crestwood mayor; past president, St. Louis County Municipal League; Professor emeritus, Webster University
Matt Conley
City administrator, St. Ann
Scott Douglass
Mayor of Clarkson Valley; past president, St. Louis County Municipal League
Tim Fischesser
Retired executive director, St. Louis County Municipal League
Bert Gates
Former Shrewsbury mayor; former president, St. Louis County Municipal League
Monica Huddleston
Former Greendale mayor; board member, Great Rivers Greenway
E. Terrence Jones
Professor of political science and public policy administration, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Keith Krieg
Mayor of Frontenac
George Liyeos
Former Rock Hill city administrator
Viola Murphy
Mayor of Cool Valley
Bill Nolan
Former Sunset Hills mayor
Kyra Watson
Former Berkeley mayor
Gerry Welch
Mayor of Webster Groves; past president, St. Louis County Municipal League and Missouri Municipal League; Associate Professor Emeritus, Economics, St. Louis Community College
Chief Carl Wolf
Retired Police Chief, Hazelwood; Past Vice President-Treasurer International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)