Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday named Gabe Gore, a former assistant U.S. attorney, as the new chief prosecutor in St. Louis, three days after Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s sudden departure.

Gore is a partner in the St. Louis law firm Dowd Bennett and previously worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis. Black clergy and others had urged Parson to appoint a Black person to the role, and Gore is Black.

Parson and Gore were joined at the announcement by Democratic Mayor Tishaura Jones, Police Chief Robert Tracy and others. He said there was a “unified front” behind the new appointment, which runs through 2024. Gore said he hasn’t decided if he will run for election to the office in the August 2024 Democratic primary.