Clarence Harmon

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Clarence Harmon
44th Mayor of St. Louis
In office
April 15, 1997 – April 17, 2001
Preceded byFreeman Bosley, Jr.
Succeeded byFrancis Slay
Personal details
BornSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Janet Kelley
ProfessionLawyer, politician, police chief

Clarence Harmon (born 1940) was the 44th mayor of St. Louis (from 1997 to 2001), and the city's second African-American mayor.

Prior to serving as Mayor, Harmon had served as Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis's 30th Police Commissioner between the years 1991 and 1995, becoming the first African American to do so.[1] He defeated incumbent Mayor Freeman Bosley, Jr. in the Democratic Primary in 1997 and went on to win election by a wide margin in the general election. Harmon was defeated for re-election in the 2001 Democratic Primary.


  • St. Louis Public Library
  • Mannies, Jo (April 16, 1997). "Harmon Urges Unity - Speech Calls for Regional, Racial Healing". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 1A.
  • Schlinkmann, Mark (April 18, 2001). "Slay Is Sworn in as St. Louis' 45th Mayor". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. A1.
Preceded by
Freeman Bosley, Jr.
Mayor of St. Louis
Succeeded by
Francis G. Slay
Preceded by
Robert Scheetz
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Succeeded by
Ron Henderson