Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he will create an independent commission to study and make specific recommendations for how to make progress on the issues raised by events in Ferguson.

The Ferguson Commission will be charged with three main goals:

  1. Conduct a thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the underlying social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown;
  2. Tap into expertise needed to address key concerns identified by the Commission — from poverty and education, to governance and law enforcement;
  3. Make specific recommendations for making the St. Louis region a stronger, fairer place for everyone to live.

Applications for serving on the Ferguson Commission are now closed. The members of the commission will be announced in November.