Candidate for Parking Meter Boss Admits Unpaid Parking Tickets
ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–A candidate running for City Treasurer — the office in charge of parking tickets — says he only recently paid up on a batch of city parking tickets dating back to the 1990s.
“Somebody just told me about it a couple of weeks ago, and I just paid it,” said Brian Wahby, chair of the city’s Democratic Central Committee.
Wahby declined to reveal who told him about the delinquent tickets.
According to his campaign website, Wahby worked in City Treasurer Larry William’s administration as an assistant for the entire decade of the 1990s, when he claims the tickets were issued. How Wahby could work there and not know he had outstanding parking tickets is unclear.
“There were four tickets that we were aware of, that we became aware of just recently,” Wahby said, “They dated back to the ’90s. We didn’t know that they were there until recently .”
The parking tickets and penalties came to about $120, Wahby said.
When asked if it was possible that he just “blew off the tickets” originally, Wahby says he’s always been conscientious about paying tickets.
“I’ve received a number of tickets through the years and we’ve always paid them,” Wahby said.
Wahby suggests that the episode shows the need for more clear notification to motorists who are behind on their parking tickets.
“I think what we’ve got to do is make it easier for folks to find out if they have outstanding violations and make it easier for them to pay that,” Wahby said.
Wahby is running in the Aug 7 Democratic primary against Aldermen Jeffery Boyd and Fred Wessels, and against State Representative Tishaura Jones.
They all want to replace longtime Treasurer Larry Williams, who is retiring amid questions of mismanagement and ghost employees in the office.