What does a typical day look like for St. Louis’ new mayor?
ST. LOUIS – Life was a whirlwind for Tishaura Jones. The new Mayor of St. Louis has been on duty for about two weeks. And so far she has been on the move, from early in the morning to often late at night.
FOX 2 spent a day with Mayor Jones on a Monday.
The day started with a lot of excitement: Bring 13-year-old son Aden to school; Then visit St. Louis County Headquarters for a joint press conference with County Executive Sam Page.
But even before they left home, she had important requests – one she couldn’t ignore – from her most ardent supporter.
“My father,” she said. “He lives across the street. He saw your camera team at the door and asked himself, “What are you doing today?”
Jones said living around her father has been of great help – the two are very close and he helps Aden.
Press conferences are standard for elected officials, but this one was especially important – it would be the first combined effort by St. Louis City and the county to address COVID-19 regulations under Jones’ supervision.
In fact, she was already answering questions from reporters standing outside the building when she entered the building.
“Any words for our constituents moving forward here for the big changes that are coming today?” Chris Regnier from FOX 2 asked.
In the virtual press conference, Jones explained the relaxation of the Covid-19 rules for restaurants and bars.
“Today I am proud to take a great first step with the district leadership to introduce new, reopened STL health orders,” she said.
Twenty minutes later she was downstairs, greeted by a number of followers who congratulated her on her new job.
The next stop was the home base: downtown St. Louis City Hall.
She was in her office discussing with her chief of staff what was on the agenda for the day and week.
Your planner and communications director also play a key role in their day-to-day affairs.
As a former treasurer of St. Louis, Jones has made numerous visits to the mayor’s office. But this experience still requires adjustment – now that the office is hers.
“It feels like a museum. It’s so big and beautiful, ”she said.
It’s a new experience for Jones – as it is for the city. She is the first elected black woman mayor of St. Louis.
And she knows that settling into the big office will mean filling some big shoes. She is very aware of the urgent problems facing the city.
“The violent crime keeps me up at night. Knowing that the solutions I propose are not overnight solutions and we didn’t come here overnight, ”she said. “Every time I get a call from my chief of staff or the public safety director about something that happened overnight, these are the things that break my heart every day.”
But Jones takes the problems one step at a time. On that day she met members of one of the leading architecture and design firms to talk about neighborhoods.
She then went to an off-site lunch at the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation.
It is undoubtedly an exhausting job. But there is no regret for Jones.
“It’s definitely an honor and a humbling experience. I’m here for that and ready for the ride, ”she said.
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