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KINLOCH, Mo. (AP) - Just over a year ago, Eric Mason was in prison, and he remains on parole. He also has a new job: City manager of Kinloch.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that state law doesn’t prohibit a convicted felon from serving as a city manager. Officials in Kinloch, a St. Louis County town where the mayor was sentenced to prison just two months ago for using city money for personal expenses, aren’t talking about why they chose Mason.

Mason was a professor of criminal justice at Sanford-Brown College. After he was laid off he began writing bad checks. In 2007, he allegedly drove his vehicle toward an officer. The officer was not hurt.

Mason entered an Alford plea in 2010. He was released from prison in January 2011.

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