City of St. Louis - State Statutory Agencies

An inside look explaining the structure of St. Louis City government and how it works with State Statutory Agencies.


The governmental structure of the City of St. Louis is unusual in the United States. Additional State agencies have been created and are under state statutory authority within the City of St. Louis.

State Statutory Agencies

A few additional agencies have been created and are under state statutory authority, not under the mayor's office.

  • Board of Election Commissioners, appointed by the Governor of Missouri, runs elections, registers voters, and processes petitions within the City of St. Louis.
  • St. Louis Housing Authority is an independent municipal corporation that owns and contracts for management of the 5,011 public housing units in 43 developments throughout the City of St. Louis. The Housing Authority is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and is governed by a seven member board of commissioners. Five commissioners are appointed by the Mayor with Board of Aldermen approval, and two are elected by tenants.
  • Tower Grove Park is owned by the City of St. Louis, however, it is managed separately from the 105 parks maintained by the Parks Division. Tower Grove Park is governed by a special Board of Commissioners appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court.

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