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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 04:02

Gunn defends handling of Edward Mueth scandal

   St. Louis County Health Department Director Delores Gunn says there was no orchestrated effort to delay reporting the Edward Mueth scandal to police.  
   Mueth killed himself September 19th, about a month after his bosses at the Health Department discovered that he'd been overcharging the department for services and equipment through a computer company he owned.  Police say Mueth embezzled millions from the county.
   Gunn's statement comes a day after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published comments from Police Chief Tim Fitch and County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch that were critical of the Health Department's handling of the scandal. Fitch and McCulloch say Health officials had uncovered Mueth's scam about a month before his suicide, but didn't tell them until after his death. 
   Last night, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley expressed his support for Gunn. Dooley told reporters, "I have the complete confidence with Dr. Gunn's ability, what she has accomplished as our Health director, no question about it."
   Meanwhile, Dooley opponent, Councilman Steve Stenger called on Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls to step down over the scandal. Earls says he's not planning to resign.
 
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   St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley will have to try again to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Police Commissioners.  That after the County Council rejected one of two nominees Tuesday night.  

   The council unanimously approved former Hazelwood Mayor T.R. Carr, but refused to seat former MSD chief Robert Baer.  

   Republican Councilman Greg Quinn said that his objections had centered on Baer's connection to Dooley campaign manager John Temporiti.  Quinn suggested that Baer's appointment was part of a scheme to fire Police Chief Tim Fitch in retaliation for the chief calling in the FBI to investigate the Gregory Sansone-Police Crime Lab contract scandal.

   Dooley called Quinn's reasoning "insulting."

   Two seats remain vacant on the police board.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 03:00

Boeing incentive bill moves to full Senate

   The Missouri Senate will take up debate Wednesday on a tax incentive bill aimed at luring Boeing's commercial airplane plant to St. Louis.  That after a Senate committee approved legislation Tuesday night that will offer up to $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades tor Boeing.  

   St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley led a delegation of officials testifying Tuesday evening before the Senate committee. They touted the thousands of jobs a new Boeing plant would bring to the area.

   Earlier Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon released an economic analysis showing Missouri would take in more additional tax revenues than it would waive in incentives.  

   St. Louis area governments also would offer incentives. But local economic development officials said they weren't ready Tuesday to put a price tag on those incentives.

   Missouri is one of several states competing to assemble the Boeing 777X airplane.

 

 

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:43

Dooley picks two for Police Board

   County Executive Charlie Dooley will try again to fill two vacancies on the troubled St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dooley will formally nominate former Metro CEO Robert Baer and one-time Hazelwood mayor T.R. Carr Tuesday afternoon.  

   If approved the pair would replace Gregory Sansone and Floyd Warmann, both of whom resigned amid controversy last summer.  Sansone is the subject of an FBI probe after it was learned that a company he co-owns was hired as a subcontractor on the county's new police crime lab.  

   One other seat remains open on the board.  Its not known if Dooley has a candidate in mind for that seat.

   This is the second time the county executive has tried to fill the vacancies.  All three of Dooley's previous police board nominees withdrew their names before confirmations could get underway. 

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 01:42

Dave Spence takes name out of Police Board hat

   Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is pulling his name from consideration for a seat on the St. Louis County Police Board.  

   County Executive Charlie Dooley's office released a withdrawal letter from Spence on Tuesday.  In it, Spence cited the new screening process enacted by the County Council in the wake of an FBI investigation of former police board chairman Gregory Sansone.  

   Dooley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday evening that the newly adopted audit of police board appointees leaves a nominee’s financial record open to scrutiny through Sunshine Laws.

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   The largest coalition of organized labor unions in the St. Louis region is pulling its support for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's 2014 reelection bid.  Greater St. Louis Labor Council President Robert Soutier and Jeff Aboussie of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council met with Dooley Monday.  

   Soutier spoke with Fox 2 News about that meeting. "And I said at this point, we're withholding support.  We would urge you not to run." 

   Dooley says he's sorry the labor leaders are pulling their support, but he has no plans to bow out of the race.

   "There is no better friend to labor than Charlie Allen Dooley," he said.  "I have been labor's friend since I've been in politics, since I've been the county executive, on the county council since 1995."

   Soutier says the action isn't the result of any one incident, but stems from a relationship that has deteriorated over time.

   "The building trades certainly have some problems with non-union contractors in the county," Soutier said.  "Certainly, the firefighters have a problem with an appointment that Dooley made for, I think, one of the training centers." 

 

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   The vacancies on the St. Louis County Police Board will remain unfilled for the time being.  The County Council Tuesday night postponed confirmation votes for two of County Executive Charlie Dooley's nominees.  

   The council had called a special meeting to consider the nominees to replace Gregory Sansone and Floyde Warman, but instead introduced legislation requiring police board members to undergo background checks and then adjourned without a confirmation vote.

   Dooley had tapped Republican Dave Spence and Democrat Freddy Clark to fill two seats on the five-member board.

   Earlier in the day, police board member Ray Wagoner announced that he too is stepping down. Wagoner cited personal and business obligations.  The county executive has not yet named a successor for Wagoner.

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   More questions are being raised over contracts for the new St. Louis County Police Crime Lab.  

   At Tuesday night's St. Louis County Council meeting, Councilman Gregg Quinn (R-Ballwin) called for an inquiry into the $3.75 million contract awarded to a company co-owned by Police Board Chairman Gregory Sansone.  SM Mechanical, LLC was hired by the general contractor to install the ventilation system at the new crime lab.

   Last week, County Police Chief Tim Fitch asked the FBI to investigate the deal.  Fitch had questioned the subcontracting process earlier this year, but County counsel Patricia Redington ruled that the situation didn't violate the conflict of interest provisions in the county charter.

   Quinn says the County Charter specifically prohibits appointed officials from benefiting financially from such contracts.

   County Executive Charlie Dooley responded to the concerns by proposing legislation Tuesday night that would modify county ordinances to hold subcontractors to the same ethical standards as contractors. 

   Dooley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he's disappointed that Chief Fitch went to the FBI instead of coming to him with his concerns.

 
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   Homeless advocate Reverend Larry Rice wants to help St. Louis County build a shelter for homeless women and children.  

   Rice announced Tuesday that his New Life Evangelistic Center was gifted with two vacant lots in the 3900 block of Lada.  That's near Natural Bridge and North Hanley just outside of Bel-Ridge.  Rice says he'll give them to St. Louis County for a shelter.  

   Rice says it's time for County Executive Charlie Dooley to make good on his promise to help the county's homeless.  "We have to do something immediately," he said.  "Unbelievable pressure is being put on us with so many, many, people who are coming to us downtown."

   Rice says he plans to present his proposal at the County Council meeting next week.  

   A spokesperson said county leaders will certainly listen.

 
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