2016 Sheriff Survey – Personal Side

A1) What Ward and Neighborhood do you live in? Rent or own?

Vernon Betts: 5th Ward, did not provide answer, Own.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: 13th Ward, did not provide answer, Own

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: 10th Ward, The Hill, Own.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: 23rd Ward, Tilles Park, Own.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: 5th Ward, Carr Square, Rent.

A2) Education- Degree/School/City/Year Graduated/Attended

Vernon Betts: Graduate School @ UMSL; BA Elementary Education, AS Criminal Justice from Harris Stowe & Forest Park Community College; Beaumont High School, 1971.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: 3 years of college studies criminal justice; Forest Park, St. Louis University, Metro, Harris Stowe College; High School Prep Certificate (military school course 1972)

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Meramec Community College, 1973; High School- Augustinian Academy, 1971.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: Southwest High School, general education degree.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: I attended Columbia College 4411 Woodson Road St Louis Mo 12/1997 to 12/2001 Undergraduate Criminal Justice Administration minor in management.

A3) Current Employment- Job Title/Employer/City/Years:

Vernon Betts: Retired AmerenUE -2007 – 28 years.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Did not provide answer.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Deputy Sheriff, St. Louis Sheriff Department, St. Louis City, 6 years.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: 23rd Ward Aldeman; owner, Hampton Car Wash; instructor, Bailey Technical Institute, 1980.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: Deputy Sheriff, St. Louis Sheriff’s Department, 2 years and 9 months.

A4) Professional Memberships: (50 words or less)

Vernon Betts: Urban League; 100 Black Men; NAACP.

Johnnie Chester Sr.:

Kevin “Cap” Klupe:

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro:

Charley “Big Will” Williams: None.

A5) Neighborhood/Community/Civic/Activist Affiliations/Memberships/Volunteer efforts: (50 words or less)

Vernon Betts: Urban League; 100 Black Men; NAACP; Mathew Dickey Boys Club.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Did not provide answer.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Elks Lodge 2455; FO Eagles #4246; Hill 2000 Neighbor Association; Berra Park Beautification Committee; Crusaders Church organization.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: YMCA, Board of Directors; Mentor, Big Brothers & Big Sisters; active in Tilles Park Neighborhood Association.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: Past Master of Cable Tow #167 Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion Post No 67.

A6) Political Experience- previous offices sought/held, campaigns worked on, ward organization membership: (50 words or less)

Vernon Betts: Ran for Sheriff City of St. Louis 2012; worked on campaigns for Claire McCaskill, Lewis Reed, Mavis Thompson, Tishaura Jones, Lacy Clay.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Did not provide answer.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Campaigned to elected Sheriff Jim Murphy.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: 23rd Ward Aldermen; Vice Chairman, Ways & Means; Member, Legislative Committee; Member, Parks Committee; Member, Public Safety Committee; Member, Transportation Committee.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: Past Federal Law Enforcement Officer not allowed to participate in any type of political organization.

A7) Your choice for U.S. President- Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Other, Would Rather Not Say

Vernon Betts: Would Rather Not Say.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Hillary Clinton.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Elected Democratic Candidate.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: I plan to support whoever the Democratic nominee is.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: Hillary Clinton.

A8) Pets: (Name/Type/Breed/Identify if Rescue)

Vernon Betts: Max, German Shephard

Johnnie Chester Sr.: 2 Rottweilers

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: None.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: We have four dogs. They’re all rescues. We also rescued horses at our farm.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: None.

A9) Name your favorite architectural landmark or public art in the City of St. Louis and why? (50 words or less)

Vernon Betts:  Stan Musial Statue – because I am a baseball fan.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Gateway Arch

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: The Arch and Soldier’s Memorial for it’s a symbol of honor and courage.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: I don’t have any particular landmark. I love the way City Hall looks and I’m impressed by the Arch.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: Gateway Arch. It is the Iconic Image for St. Louis.

A10) Over the past two years, how often did you ride a Metro bus or train? Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Rarely/Never

Vernon Betts: Never.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: 20 times

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Never.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: I have never ridden a Metro bus or train.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: Rarely.

A11) Name your favorite music genre (one), favorite musician/band/symphony (one), favorite song and its performer (0ne):

Vernon Betts: Luther Vandross.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Gospel music

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Rock, Eric Clapton, song Layla

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: I mostly listen to talk radio.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: R&B, Mel Waiters, Your Kitchen Was Closed.

A12) Have you ever been the victim of a crime? If yes, describe (50 words or less).

Vernon Betts: Yes  – attempted robbery (victim).

Johnnie Chester Sr.: No.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: No.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: We had our car stolen.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: I have been the victim of a crime. My 1986 Volkswagen was stolen in 2002, never recovered.

A13) Do you or anyone in your household own a gun? Yes or No. If yes, do you or the household member have a conceal carry permit?

Vernon Betts: Yes. Yes.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Yes.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Yes. No.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: Yes. Yes.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: Yes. Yes.

A14) Are you related within the 4th degree to any employee of the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney’s Office, St. Louis Circuit Court, or St. Louis City Sheriff’s Office? If yes, identify by relationship and office but not name (example: brother, Circuit Court).

Vernon Betts: Yes. Brother, Sheriff Dept.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Did not provide answer.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: No.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: No.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: No.

A15) Are you related within the 4th degree to any employee of the St. Louis City Police Department or any member of the Police Civilian Oversight Board? If Yes, identify whether SLMPD or COB.

Vernon Betts: No.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: Did not provide answer.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: No.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: Yes. SLMPD, 2 adult children.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: No.

A16) Are you related within the 4th degree to any person currently holding elected office (including party committeeperson) in the City of St. Louis or who held elected office in the City of St. Louis within the past twenty years? If yes, identify by name, position, and whether past/present.

Vernon Betts: No.

Johnnie Chester Sr.: No.

Kevin “Cap” Klupe: Michele Klupe, wife, 10th Ward Committeewomen, present.

Jimmie Matthews:

Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro: No.

Charley “Big Will” Williams: No.

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