Judge Beach honored during County Council meeting

CLAYTON – At the beginning of tonight’s meeting, Councilman Page asked for a moment a silence to honor those affected by Sept. 11, 2001.

The County Council introduced a Resolution to honor Judge Douglas R. Beach, who will be retiring from his position as Presiding Judge for the 21st Judicial Court on Sept. 20. Council Members requested to be co-sponsors on the resolution, which will be officially presented to Judge Beach at a future meeting.

Judge Beach was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge in 2005 by then Governor Matt Blunt. In 2010, he was then moved to Circuit Court Judge by Governor Jay Nixon.

Beach has been awarded the highest of recognition in his profession. He graduated with Honors at New England School of Law. He was named President of the St. Louis County Bar Association, President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and President of the National Association of Presiding Judges. In 2015, Beach helped to establish St. Louis County’s first Veterans Treatment Court program which provides veterans alternatives to incarceration.

Beach’s colleagues attended the meeting to speak some words on his behalf. He was thanked by the Council Members and his colleagues for his work and dedication over the years.

During the public forum, speakers addressed the County Council asking for a Civilian Oversight Board for the St. Louis County Police Department.

Those who spoke believe that the police cannot investigate themselves and would like the County Council to issue a Civilian Oversight Board in order to ensure that there is an effective relationship within the community and transparency amongst everyone.

Residents would like to have the Oversight Board implemented because of the issues of insensitivity and racism occurring in the justice system. They believe that the Oversight Board would allow people to have confidence in the system.

Residents do not believe that there is a level of justice within the community but do believe that it can be achieved by having a Civilian Oversight Board.