Mayor Terry Briggs and his wife Lorie have lived in Bridgeton for 31 years in the Bridgeway subdivision. The couple raised their three children, Josh, Jeremy and Haley all of whom attended and graduated from the Pattonville School District.
Briggs is a native St. Louisian. He lived with his parents and three siblings in St. John. Briggs graduated in the top ten percent of his class at Ritenour High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis and then the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a degree in journalism.
He served as news director for a small radio station in Fulton, Missouri after graduation and then as assistant news director for the Mississippi News network in Jackson, Mississippi where he served as the legislative correspondent.
Briggs moved to Jefferson City, Missouri to work for Missouri Advocacy Services, a non-profit agency that advocated for the rights of individuals with disabilities. There, he served as Legislative Director and helped to pass a comprehensive reform of Missouri’s guardianship law.
In 1984, Briggs returned to St. Louis to work for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). While at MSD, Briggs became Director of Communications and helped the District transform from a little known public entity into the Clean Water People. While at MSD, he initiated many new programs, including the holding of open line meetings with the public in areas where MSD proposed new sewer projects.
Mayor Briggs left MSD after 18 years to work for the SITE Improvement Association as its Director of Governmental Relations and to serve as Director of Communications for LECET, the Laborers/Employers Cooperating and Education Trust, a marketing program designed to prompt the use of contractors signatory to union agreements. While with SITE, Briggs has been instrumental in securing passage of new laws in Missouri designed to insure contractors are paid for their work in a timely fashion.
Briggs has always been involved in the community and in local non-for-profits. He served on the Bridgeton Airport Commission, Park Commission and Personnel Commission, where he served as chairman for two years. In 2005, Briggs was named city of Bridgeton Volunteer of the Year. In addition to his service to the city, Terry has also served on the Productive Living Board for St. Louis County, a board that distributes taxpayer dollars to agencies serving individuals with disabilities; on the Special School District Board of Education and on the Special Olympics of Missouri Board, where he served as chairman for two years. Currently, Mayor Briggs is a member of the St. Louis Regional Chamber (formerly RCGA) Public Policy Committee and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, a board member of the Citizens for Modern Transit Board and as a trustee on the Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop.