Commission Work

T.R. Carr, Jr., Ph.D.

Currently, Dr. Carr is a retired professor and former chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Urban Research at SIUE. He has maintained an active teaching, research, and public service agenda with a focus on public policy issues.

He served three terms as Mayor of Hazelwood, Mo., from April 2000 to May 2009, and is actively engaged in a range of organizations focusing on municipal and regional issues. He served as President of St. Louis County Municipal League, Secretary-Treasurer of Metro Mayors of Greater St. Louis, and served on the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Board of Directors. Dr. Carr serves as a member of the Board of North County, Incorporated and Chairman of Economic Development Committee of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce in Northwest St. Louis County.

Why I'm Serving: 
"My goal is to build bridges, build relationships, help advance Ferguson, North County and the St. Louis region. Our challenge is to build trust between the public, law enforcement and local government. I believe my background and skills will contribute to the effectiveness of the Ferguson Commission. I live in North County, served as mayor of Hazelwood for nine years, am a graduate of McCluer High School and a professor of public policy at SIUE. The issues that emerged in Ferguson require thoughtful deliberation with a range of voices on the Commission. It is important to effectively communicate with the law enforcement community as strategies are developed for this region. I can help serve as a bridge in this area.”