Grand Jury to Review Evidence of Wrongdoing at Missouri History Museum

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — KMOX News has learned a state grand jury is reviewing evidence of possible wrongdoing at the Missouri History Museum.

“I think we have to see what the grand jury is going to say about this, what Jennifer Joyce is going to do about it, and we move on from there,” Former Florissant Police chief and Mayor Robert Lowery said.

Lowery now sits on the Zoo Museum District board.

He said the probe centers on possible malfeasance by former museum President Bob Archibald and others at the museum. Another source says the probe began with the land deal that led to Archibald’s resignation, and also includes questions about the alleged shredding of documents at the museum.

The Circuit Attorney’s office declined to comment on the investigation

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the History Museum Board of Trustees is defending his decision to give former President Bob Archibald a $270,000 consulting contract.

“That was the decision that was made as part of the process to move on,” said Chairman John Roberts. “Dr. Archibald had many contacts with some substantial people. He will bring in substantially more money than he is being paid over the course of the six-month consulting agreement.”

Roberts says Archibald’s consulting contract is not paid for with taxpayer money. But he admits there’s no claw back provision if Archibald fails to help raise donor money.

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