Mr. Eugene Franks was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. He participated in the St. Louis Magnet School program and the St. Louis volunteer desegregation program. In 1989 he graduated from Lafayette High School in Ballwin Missouri. After graduating from high school Mr. Franks enrolled at Miami University (Ohio) where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After completion of college, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. While in the Navy Mr. Franks served in a variety of positions throughout the world attaining the rank of Commander. While stationed in Hawaii he attended the University of Hawaii-Manoa and received a Masters of Arts in Political Science. Additionally, he attended Trident University's online program and earned a Master of Arts in Business Administration in 2011. In 2012, Mr. Franks returned to the St. Louis area and settled in Ferguson because of its quiet neighborhoods and great reputation. He is currently a Cost Analyst for S2 Analytical Solutions.