Episode 6: Jeff Rainford

The Future Great City podcast by NextSTL
The Future Great City
Episode 6: Jeff Rainford

It’s nextSTL.com in a podcast! In this episode we speak with Jeff Rainford, an independent public policy consultant who is best known for his 14 years as chief of staff to four-term City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

Described by friends and foes alike as fierce and effective, he was instrumental in returning control of the city’s police department to the city for the first time since the Civil War. He was also the city’s point person on the ultimately unsuccessful effort to keep the NFL Rams in St. Louis, and worked hard on keeping the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in the city. St. Louis will find April 1 if that effort is successful.

Rainford is a native St. Louisan, growing up in Webster Groves. He worked as reporter for KMOX radio and KMOV-TV before joining the mayor’s staff.

*audio was set incorrectly for this recording – thanks for listening to a little echo


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