CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — In the middle of an FBI corruption probe, the St. Louis County Police Board loses another member — Ray Wagner, an Enterprise Executive and the husband of Congressman Ann Wagner.
Wagner’s announcement during the monthly board meeting made no mention of the FBI investigation. There is no indication Wagner is a target.
“I’m stepping down for work commitments,” Wagner said, “I’ve just got too many other activities going on at the office, and it’s time to step out of this expired term. I’ve served for four years.”
Wanger says he’ll stick around until the end of September. His resignation brings to three the number of board members who have quit in recent weeks. The FBI has been investigating a $3.7 million subcontract awarded to a company co-owned by former Police Board Chairman Greg Sansone.
Sansone is the only police board member named in a subpoena federal investigators served on the county earlier this month. Board member Floyd Warman quit before the FBI investigation was underway.
Meanwhile, the man who called for the investigation, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch, says he’s not afraid County Executive Charlie Dooley will try to get him fired through the three new members that Dooley will nominate to the board.
“No, I’m not worried about my job,” Fitch said, “If you do the right thing, there may be people mad at you for doing the right thing. But I really do believe that the public is keeping a close eye on this. They know what’s going on.”
Fitch declined to comment on his efforts to keep the public informed about his views on what’s going on through his blog. His most recent post claimed that someone has hired a former Post Dispatch political reporter to “dig for dirt” on the chief in an effort to discredit him. Fitch believes that his public opposition to speeding ticket cameras ruffled some feathers.
The St. Louis County Council meets later today to consider two nominees to fill two earlier vacancies on the board. Former Republican candidate for governor Dave Spence has drawn opposition from organized labor. The other nominees, The Reverend Dr. Freddy Clark, a local minister, has not drawn any criticism so far.