Kenneth Gregory, 70, was promoted to chief of the St. Louis County Police Department, making him the first Black man to hold the role in the department's 66-year history. He served as interim chief for six months in the police force after former Chief Mary Barton resigned on Aug. 6, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Barton was embroiled in a discrimination complaint against St. Louis County but agreed to drop the lawsuit for a $290,000 settlement, according to The News & Observer.