St. Louis Metro Transit announced three individuals to lead the transit system’s Public Safety team.

Stephen Berry will lead Metro Transit’s security program as the new General Manager of Public Safety. He will be responsible for leading the creation and implementation of the transit system’s comprehensive security program, and all integrated security and policing activities. He is currently the Deputy Director of Transit Safety and Workforce Development at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, where he is responsible for the statewide operations, safety, security and workforce development for transit systems across Florida. He was previously a Deputy Director at LYNX, Orlando’s transit system; a consultant to the Florida Department of Transportation; and a public safety manager in southern California.

Kevin B. Scott, Metro Transit’s new Director of Security, will lead Metro’s Public Safety Team and its collaboration with regional law enforcement partners and contracted security personnel. Scott has served as the Chief of Police in Ballwin, Missouri since 2016, and has been with the Ballwin Police Department for 27 years. 

As the new Manager of Contract Security, Vernon L. Summers will provide leadership, training and strategic direction to Metro’s contract security team. Summers hasnearly 30 years of experience, and has a successful track record of developing effective police and security programs for both community law enforcement and corporate security. He was previously a lieutenant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Chief of Police for the city of Bella Villa, and was most recently Director of Public Safety at the St. Louis Galleria. Metro Transit is currently proceeding with a competitive procurement process for its contract security services.

“We are committed to providing our customers, our team members and the neighborhoods we serve with safe and secure transit service, and the experience and expertise of our new Public Safety leadership team will be a key component toward delivering on that commitment,” said Taulby Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bi-State Development. “These individuals were selected specifically for their accomplished experiences and  demonstrated success in areas including transit security, law enforcement and community policing.”