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'Very frank and candid discussion': Gov. Parson meet with Krewson, Stenger Wednesday

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson met with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger Wednesday.

On his first official day in office, Gov. Parson said he wants to meet with mayors of cities across Missouri to find out what the needs are across the state.

"I wanted to go there, be there on the ground and find out the problems there and how we can help from the governor's office on issues we have," said Parson. 

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and County Executive Stenger said the trio covered various topics within a 40-minute meeting. 

"We had a very frank and candid discussion. The governor already demonstrates a command of the issues," said Stenger. 

The high crime rate in St. Louis was one of the main topics discussed. Parson says he would like to provide the area with crime-fighting tools.

Former Gov. Eric Greitens' crime-fighting plan included using state troopers on the interstates in the city. However, Parson wouldn't commit to the previous plan but agrees the state needs a solution to the growing crime issues.

"I think there's a genuine reaching across the aisle. Quite frankly, most issues facing our states and country are across the aisle issues," Krewson said. 

 While both Krewson and Stenger sharing opposing views with Parson on a topic like Right to Work, the meeting focused on issues where the trio saw eye-to-eye.

 Krewson says public safety and workforce development are not a Democratic or Republican issues.

READ: Parson officially sworn in as Mo. Governor

Parson said all executive orders signed by Greitens will remain in place while they are reviewed including a ban on lobbyist gifts to the governor's office. 

Parson responded to questions on whether he would pardon the former governor if he was ever to be convicted.  He responded saying that "the case is still pending and [he] not aware of what we're going to do that."

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