City Manager Edwin Carlstrom introduced Hall as his choice for the job after mentioning some of Hall’s accomplishments over a stellar 34-year career with the Hazelwood Police Department.
Carlstrom said he hired Hall as a police officer on July 9, 1979, just one month after he started working as Hazelwood’s city manager. “Gregg was one of my first appointments and I know I made a great choice,” Carlstrom said. “He is an outstanding employee and he will be an outstanding police chief. Gregg grew up in North County, and he knows North County very well.”
After Chief Carl Wolf retired in July, Carlstrom appointed Hall as the acting interim chief of police and gave him a lot of research projects to do to see if he was ready to handle the job. “I’m proud to say he passed them all with flying colors,” Carlstrom noted.
Carlstrom acknowledged that “we had three other candidates who went through an internal promotion process with Hall, and I was really proud of all four. It was really a tough decision.”
Hall, 57, graduated from the Greater St. Louis Police Academy in 1978 and later graduated with the 230th Session at the FBI National Academy in 2007. He has an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from St. Louis Community College and a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Tarkio College.
He worked his way up the ranks by reaching detective in 1981, lieutenant in 1988, and captain in 1998. In addition to receiving numerous Commendations, including several from ret. Chief and former Mayor Robert Lowery of Florissant, Hall accepted the Hazelwood Optimist Club’s “Outstanding Local Law Enforcement Award” in 1986, worked with the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, and was selected as Hazelwood’s “Employee of the Month” in December 2003.
As a way of symbolically passing the baton from one police chief to the other, ret. Chief Wolf gave Hall his eagle pin signifying his promotion to the rank of colonel. According to Wolf, “The eagle stands for strength, courage and farsightedness. As a police chief now, you’ve got to have the strength to hold up the brick of responsibility that is on your shoulders now…Courage to do what is right and farsightedness to think outside the box and look to the future.”
Ret. Chief Wolf also placed Hall’s new badge on his uniform. “Wear it (the badge) proudly,” he said. “I know you will do one heck of a job.”
Hall thanked ret. Chief Wolf for giving him opportunity after opportunity to learn and grow within the department. He also thanked Carlstrom for trusting in him and appointing him as the new police chief.
“I’m absolutely excited at the opportunity that I’ve been given to be the leader of the most professional law enforcement agency in the state…I will continue my best effort to maintain the standards and expectations that we’ve established here in the Hazelwood Police Department. And, I’ll strive to continually provide the community of Hazelwood with the best police services possible,” Hall exclaimed.
Hall will be managing one of St. Louis County’s largest law enforcement agencies with 70 uniformed officers and 18 civilian personnel.