Ferguson, MO (KTRS) Ferguson is seeking to replace a city prosecutor criticized by a federal probe of the north county town’s justice system after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown.
The city posted an advertisement for Stephanie Karr’s replacement on its website Tuesday:
The City of Ferguson, Missouri, is accepting proposals for municipal prosecutorial services. The City conducts a municipal court which has two evening dockets and two daytime dockets per month; in addition, a trial docket is held during the day approximately every other month. Ordinance violations are handled through the City’s Municipal Court; these violations include zoning, building, nuisance, traffic and other offenses.
The municipal prosecutor is expected to attend all municipal court dockets and trials; review and consider all warrant applications; work and consult with the police department, department of public works, and other City departments with regard to ordinance violations; issue Informations as appropriate; and perform all other necessary duties and responsibilities relating to the municipal court which are typical for a prosecuting attorney. In addition, the municipal prosecutor is expected to handle all cases which are certified to St. Louis County Circuit Court for either jury trial or trial de novo.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Karr, who has been city attorney since 2004, will stay in that role.
The Justice Department in March of last year announced findings of its evaluation of Ferguson’s policing and court practices. That probe came after the death of Brown, who was killed by then Police Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson was cleared in the case.
The Justice Department accused Karr of retaliating against attorneys who challenged her and of dismissing tickets for friends.