ANSWERING THE CALL TO SERVE
An expert in the field of criminal justice and legal studies, Councilman Wesley Bell was recently appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to serve on the “Task Force on Criminal Justice,” as well as the “Committee on Practice and Procedure in Municipal Division Cases.”
Earlier in his career, as Prosecutor for the Village of Riverview, and a former Municipal Court Judge for Velda City:
- Bell worked with attorneys and judges to implement targeted reforms, including uniform fine schedules across St. Louis County.
- His court was one of the first to implement a qualified amnesty program for citizens with municipal warrants in his city.
- As Municipal Court Prosecutor Bell helped create the North County Policing Cooperative with a focus on community policing.
In 2015 the City of Ferguson elected Wesley Bell as Councilman, Ward 3:
- As a member of the negotiation team for the City of Ferguson, Bell worked with the Department of Justice to negotiate and pass the Ferguson Consent Decree, thereby bringing the most comprehensive community policing and court reforms in the region to the City of Ferguson.
- In his first term he worked to help the City successfully identify and hire qualified candidates for Police Chief, City Manager, and Human Resources Director.
An expert in criminal justice and legal studies, Councilman Wesley Bell is a professor and serves as program coordinator for the Legal Studies and Criminal Justice program at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.
Dedicated to serving the community:
- Co-founder of the See Justice Student Club at St. Louis Community College
- Board Member, Soul-Fisher Ministries
- Helped spearhead the Left, Right & Center Criminal Justice Summit hosted at Lindenwood College to educate and advocate for progressive criminal justice reforms in Missouri
Bell is a proud alumnus of Hazelwood East, Lindenwood University and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
Wesley Bell understands the importance of civic engagement and invites everyone in the St. Louis region to get involved in their community.