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Name: Harmon, Clarence

Historical Note: Clarence Harmon was mayor of St. Louis, Missouri from 1997 to 2001.  Before that he served as the city's chief of police.  Harmon was born in St. Louis.  He holds master's degrees in criminal justice administration and public administration from Webster University. He was a Danforth Foundation Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He began his work for the city of St. Louis as a police officer in 1969. From 1988 to 1990 he worked as an area commander and developed a community oriented police service program which involved the city's citizens in crime prevention. He served on the Board of Police Commissioners until 1991, when he became the city's first African American police chief.  In 1997 Harmon became the second African American mayor of St. Louis. His work as mayor included revitalizing St.Louis' downtown area, increasing construction of new housing, increased gun control, and preservation of historical buildings.  Harmon was defeated for re-election in the 2001 Democratic Primary.

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