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Dooley Supports FBI Investigation of County Crime Lab

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Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.  (KMOX/file photo)

Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch. (KMOX/file photo)

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says he supports calls for an FBI investigation into sub-contracting at a crime lab.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is requesting an investigation of the $3.75 million contract awarded to a company co-owned by Police Board Chairman Gregory Sansone.

“I’ve been asked if I would support it or endorse it,” Dooley said after Tuesday night’s Council Council meeting, “I would wholeheartedly endorse that and I do want it to come to a conclusion, I do believe in due process of law.”

Dooley recently appointed Sansone as chairman in a move that many considered a step toward ousting Chief Fitch.

“I support Chief Fitch. There’s just this one incident that we disagree on, what the process was, but overall I support the chief,” Dooley said Tuesday. “There is just one issue we may not agree on because of some communications issues.”

At the County Council meeting, Dooley asked for new legislation to be prepared that would clarify the sub-contracting process.

When asked if he would like Sansone to step down while the investigation occurred, Dooley only repeated that he supports the due process of law.

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