ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Mayor Francis Slay is facing allegations he made campaign-style appearances to city workers while they were on the clock for the taxpayer.
The allegation comes from Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, who is challenging Mayor Slay in the March 5th primary. Reed says Slay has been calling meetings with workers in the water department, streets department, even the courts to highlight his accomplishments and what he wants to accomplish in the future.
“I don’t condone my tax dollars being used in that way,” Reed told KMOX’s Kevin Killeen. “I think he should take his argument to the people on the same footing that everyone else has to take them to the people.”
Reed sent this statement to KMOX.
In the statement Reed says, “these tactics are yet another example of the Slay administration’s disregard for the law, these employees’ right to employment without political coercion, and the taxpayers of this city.”
“To be clear: city employees were called away from their duties to attend captive audience meetings where the Mayor promised them raises, bought them pizza, and campaigned at the taxpayers’ expense. While the Mayor was speaking, trash wasn’t getting collected and we, the taxpayers, were still paying for their salaries, as he held them in these meetings.”
Reed provided KMOX with a copy of emails inviting city workers to two separate meetings. To respect the privacy of those who attended the meetings and their email addresses we did not share those emails here. However the emails suggested that the meetings took place this past Tuesday(1/15/13) and Thursday(1/17/13) at 8:30 AM(both meetings), at the Refuse Department(North on Tues and South on Thurs).
KMOX asked Mayor Slay about Reed’s claims. He said they were, “Nonsense. That’s not even worth a reply. It’s nonsense.”
When asked if the allegations were untrue Slay just replied, “that’s nonsense” and ended the interview shortly after that.