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   Friday is St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch's last day on the job.  He's retiring after 34years in law enforcement in order to run his own security and law enforcement consulting firm.  
   Fitch was 18 years old when he started his police career in Cahokia, Illinois.  Three-years later he went to work for the St. Louis County Police Department.  
   Chief Fitch tells Fox 2 News that when he began his career, he never had aspirations to be chief of police.  "I wanted to Adam-12 guy," he said.  "Where you're just out there in a patrol car and handling the calls and arresting the bad guys and taking care of the good people of the community."   
   In 2009, he was made chief of police, a job that sometimes put him in the thick of county politics.  Chief Fitch says the positions he took on controversial issues wasn't about politics, but upholding the law.  "To me it wasn't much of a decision on what should I do, what should I speak out about, what should I stay silent about. It really was just, what's going right and wrong."
   Chief Fitch says he won't miss the politics of his job, but he will miss the people he worked with. "You can't work with people every day for as long as I have and not have some genuine affection for these people that we work with every day," ge said.  "So that's the part I'll miss the most."
   The St. Louis County Police Board will select his replacement during a closed-door session today.
 
 
 
 
 
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Keeping citizens safe and their property secure are the top priorities for the St. Louis County Police, so the department has announced that it's annual Holiday Enforcement/Crime Prevention Program in underway.

The County Police Department will have both uniformed and undercover officers working in and around shopping centers.

The Metro Air Support Unit will also continue patrolling commercial parking lots and shopping centers. Officers of the St. Louis County Police Department’s Highway Safety Unit will be working additional patrols throughout the holidays, emphasizing DWI enforcement.

Chief Tim Fitch stated, "We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. In addition to each precinct implementing specific strategies for their area, officers from our Division of Special Operations, such as the Highway Safety Unit, will also be highly visible. Remember, keep your eyes and ears open and immediately call the police if you see suspicious activity. Prevention is the key, and if we all pitch in and work together, I know we can be successful."

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Keeping citizens safe and their property secure are the top priorities for the St. Louis County Police, so the department has announced that it's annual Holiday Enforcement/Crime Prevention Program in underway.

The County Police Department will have both uniformed and undercover officers working in and around shopping centers.

The Metro Air Support Unit will also continue patrolling commercial parking lots and shopping centers. Officers of the St. Louis County Police Department’s Highway Safety Unit will be working additional patrols throughout the holidays, emphasizing DWI enforcement.

Chief Tim Fitch stated, "We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. In addition to each precinct implementing specific strategies for their area, officers from our Division of Special Operations, such as the Highway Safety Unit, will also be highly visible. Remember, keep your eyes and ears open and immediately call the police if you see suspicious activity. Prevention is the key, and if we all pitch in and work together, I know we can be successful."

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   A high ranking St. Louis County Health Department administrator is dead and police are trying to determine if he killed himself to cover up a crime.  

   And there seems to be some disagreement between Health Department officials and police as to how serious some invoicing irregularities involving Edward Mueth might be.  

   Mueth killed himself Thursday, one day before he was to meet with officials about money the department paid to a technology firm that he reportedly owns.  

   Police Chief Tim Fitch says it appears Mueth may have been embezzling funds.  Chief Fitch told Fox 2 News that Mueth is suspected of "setting up what could be a company, or maybe a couple of different companies under other names," and using bogus contracts to divert Health Department funds to his personal accounts.  

   Fitch says the scam could involve millions of dollars.  But health department spokesperson Pat Washington says it's too soon to say if any money is missing at all.   

   The 39 years old administrator had been with the health department for nine year and made $86,000 annually.  He had declared bankruptcy in 2004.  Yet Mueth had lived in a Webster Groves home he purchased for $1.4 million in 2010.  Mueth had told friends he used funds from an IT firm he used to own in order to buy the home.

 

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As first In a letter leaked to KTRS News, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is telling County Executive Charlie Dooley to back off his investigation into the contract award process.

In today's letter, Fitch accuses county COO Gatry Earles of requesting information from the police that had been shared with the FBI. Fitch says this request for confidential information is "at the very least unethical and unprofessional". Fitch ends the letter by asking Dooley to instruct his staff to not have contact with employees regarding this matter.

The issue came to light after the Post-Dispatch revealed that one of Dooley's political appointees, Gregory Sansone, created a company that won the lucrative contract shortly after his appointment. Chief Fitch contacted the FBI to investigate the matter. Dooley was frustrated that Fitch involved the FBI in the matter before giving his office a chance to investigate.

 

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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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