St. Louis Metro Transit Announces New Public Safety Leadership Team

By on August 12, 2019

From Mass Transit:  After conducting a national search, St. Louis Metro Transit announced three individuals were selected to lead the transit system’s public safety team.

Stephen Berry will serve as the general manager; Kevin B. Scott will serve as the director of security; and Vernon L. Summer will serve as the manager of contract security. The team will officially join St. Louis Metro Transit on September 9 and will be responsible for ongoing development and implementation of the system’s comprehensive security program.

The addition to the St. Louis Metro Public Safety Team is another part of a proactive, collaborative approach to security that St. Louis Metro Transit has implemented to respond to customer concerns and address recommendations from the MetroLink Security Assessment commissioned by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and conducted by independent contractor WSP.

Over the past year, this approach has focused on building stronger relationships with law enforcement partners and other regional organizations to improve communication, better coordinate the deployment of security resources and advance a community and customer-focused security strategy.

“We are committed to providing our customers, our team members and the neighborhoods we serve with safe and secure transit service, and the experience and expertise of our new public safety leadership team will be a key component toward delivering on that commitment,” said Taulby Roach, president and CEO of Bi-State Development. “These individuals were selected specifically for their accomplished experiences and demonstrated success in areas including transit security, law enforcement and community policing.”

Berry will lead St. Louis Metro Transit’s security program as the new general manager of public safety. He will be responsible for leading the creation and implementation of the transit system’s comprehensive security program, and all integrated security and policing activities. Berry brings extensive experience in transit safety, security and operations to this position. He is currently the deputy director of transit safety and workforce development at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, where he is responsible for the statewide operations, safety, security and workforce development for transit systems across Florida. He was previously a deputy director at LYNX, Orlando’s transit system; a consultant to the Florida Department of Transportation; and a public safety manager in southern California.

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