Criminal Justice and Security Management Industry Advisory Board Members
Mayor Clarence Harmon
Harmon Consultants, Inc.
Clarence Harmon, former Mayor of the City of St. Louis and Chief of Police of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, is president of Harmon Consultants, Inc., a private firm specializing in government and private industry consulting. Those services encompass reorganization, management, logistics, security, race-mediation and community development.
Additionally Mayor Harmon has served as an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University in St. Louis and the Senator Paul E. Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has taught undergraduate courses in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice and Global Terrorism at Saint Louis University and has taught master's level courses in Public Policy, Criminal Justice and Municipal Government through the Political Science and Criminal Justice departments at Southern Illinois University.
Although he had earned a reputation as an effective and straightforward public servant during his 26 years with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department before becoming Mayor, he had never held elected office before taking the Oath of Office on April 15, 1997, becoming the City's second African-American Mayor.
Harmon will always have his place in history as the first Mayor of the 21st Century and the Second Millennium. However, Harmon also presided over one of the biggest recent booms in the City of St. Louis.
As mayor, Harmon promoted St. Louis as a vibrant and special place to live, work and do business by working with developers to turn abandoned buildings into loft condominiums and rental units. During the first two years of the Harmon's term, more new homes were built in the St. Louis than in the previous six years. Harmon has taken major steps to expand Lambert-St. Louis International Airport by securing FAA approval for a new runway—the largest infrastructure project in the history of Missouri—to meet the growing needs of the commercial airline industry. He also spearheaded the revitalization of Downtown St. Louis by forming Downtown Now, a partnership between the city, businesses and concerned organizations, and led the effort to build a new convention center hotel, now under construction. He worked directly with federal leaders to secure a $100 million Empowerment Zone commitment for the city and two neighboring communities, and led efforts that resulted in agreements to build a new bridge over the Mississippi River and to create a multi-modal transportation hub downtown that will accommodate passenger trains, light rail, taxis and cross-country as well as local buses. From 1997 to 2000, investment in residential developments totaled $347.4 million, compared with $134 from 1993 to 1996. Investment commercial real estate projects jumped from $1 billion during the 1993-1996 time-frame to $1.5 billion in l997-2000.
When faced with the shutdown of the city's healthcare system on entering office, Mayor Harmon developed Connect Care, an alliance of hospitals and the city's health department to provide health care to low-income and uninsured citizens of St. Louis and St. Louis County. To improve the functioning of city government, he also immediately requested a study of city departments and operations by Focus St. Louis, a regional think-tank. As a result, 132 of 236 of the group's recommendations were implemented, affecting overall government operations, staffing, employee training and relations, and information and office systems.
Harmon worked to attract businesses and industry to the city. Middendorf Meats, Union-Pacific, Bissinger Candies and Ralston Purina were on the verge of leaving or moving employees out of the city when Harmon intervened personally and convinced them to stay. He also worked to accommodate the expansions of Barnes-Jewish-Children's Hospital, A.G. Edwards, Sigma Chemical, and Anheuser-Busch. The Missouri Department of Economic Development says that the City of St. Louis saw an increase in jobs in the first two years of the Harmon administration where the city witnessed a decline the previous four years. An analysis by the Downtown Partnership in 2000 revealed that in that year alone, 70 new businesses had moved into the downtown area with an additional 3000 employees.
Harmon has been a champion of public service. He began his public service career in 1969 as an officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He enjoyed a 26-year career with the Department, including four years as the first African-American appointed Chief of Police. Harmon also served as Secretary to the St. Louis Board of Commissioners and headed Special Operations, supervising commanders of the Mounted Patrol, Canine, Mobile Reserve, Prisoner Processing, Criminal Justice Liaison Section, Internal Affairs and Human Resources.
As Chief, he initiated a Community Oriented Policing program for a number of areas of the city and created a gun buy back program that won international acclaim. He also developed a number of innovative policing strategies, including a Crisis Intervention Program and Project 87, for dealing with nuisance properties and persistent violators of order maintenance ordinances.
After leaving the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in 1995, Harmon became the Director of Business Development for United Van Lines, Inc., the nation's largest household moving company. He also served as director of United Van Lines' market research and analysis department.
Harmon holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, Missouri. Harmon has been a Danforth Foundation Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also is a graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
A believer in community service, Harmon has served on a number of boards, including: the Board of Directors of the American Association of Industrial Management, member of the St. Louis Science Center., the United Way, St. Louis Symphony, Missouri Botanical Garden, Fair St. Louis, and the Board of Trustees at Webster University. He also served as Vice Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Harmon received numerous awards for his achievements in public service. He was the recipient of four Chief of Police Letters of Commendation for outstanding performance of duty. The St. Vincent Home, which serves abused and abandoned children, presented him with its "Reach Out" award in 1992, the same year he received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Life and Legacy Award. The Missouri Police Chiefs Association named him the 1995 Police Chief of the Year. In 1998, Mayor Harmon received a certificate of appreciation from the St. Louis Public Schools Community Education Centers and was recognized in 1999 with the Distinguished Chairman's Award by the Dr. Martin Luther King State Celebration Committee.
He has served as the General Manager, for the Wackenhut G4S Corporation, a multifaceted provider of global security services. The company has 575,000 employees in 110 countries. Mr. Harmon had responsibility for the State of Missouri and Southern Illinois. He served previously as Director, Criminal Justice Studies, Sanford-Brown College and as president of its' Hazelwood, Missouri campus.
Harmon, also a native of St. Louis, and the father of four grown children. He also has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.