Gardner hires familiar face as law enforcement liaison

DOWNTOWN – A familiar face who stood on the front lines during the 2014 Ferguson protests has come out of retirement to join forces with the St. Louis prosecutor’s office.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner announced Wednesday that retired Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson would work as a liaison between the circuit attorney’s office and law enforcement.

Johnson led law enforcement following days of unrest during the Ferguson protests after Michael Brown Jr. was shot and killed.

Gardner stated that Johnson would be tasked with enhancing “communication and collaboration” between the circuit attorney’s office and several police entities including the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“There has been far too much divisive rhetoric in the law enforcement community over the last decade,” Gardner said.

“I am confident that Capt. Johnson can help foster more effective working relationships with our law enforcement partners that will make the city of St. Louis safer,” she said.

Johnson responded, “I am thrilled to be working with the circuit attorney and her staff to help increase the effectiveness and outcomes of her office with the good men and women who work in local law enforcement.”

“We are all working towards the same outcome: to create a safer and healthier community,” he added.

Johnson’s new job will allow him to become a consultant for the circuit attorney’s office with pay of $50,000 for a year’s contract. He is set to officially begin working immediately.

Bria Gremillion

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