Wesley Bell Getting Settled Into New Role as St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney

"It's an honor, I'm humbled, but I know there's a lot of work to do."

Brian Kelly
January 02, 2019 - 6:32 am
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — For the first time in 28 years there's a new person behind the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's desk...and Wesley Bell is wasting no time going to work.

Bell says he was in the office at 6 a.m. yesterday morning, just six hours after being sworn in. He tells KMOX that today he will begin meeting with every attorney, investigator and staff member in the office this week.

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"To make sure that they know that they have the support of the new administration," Bell said. "(Also) that they know their input is valued, and to get an opportunity to start that 'getting to know you' process."

Bell says he will also begin enacting reforms including expanding diversionary programs, like drug treatment, mental health and veteran courts and changing the internal policy regarding cash bail for low-level, non-violent crimes.

"It's an honor," Bell told KMOX's Brian Kelly. "I'm humbled, but I know there's a lot of work to do."

Bell replaces Bob McCulloch, who held the post for 28 years before opting not to run for re-election in 2018. Bell is St. Louis County's first African-American prosecuting attorney.