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A photo of the former St. Louis County Police Board, via the St. Louis County's website. Three members have since retired.

A photo of the former St. Louis County Police Board, via the St. Louis County’s website. Three members have since retired.

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - The St. Louis County Council voted Tuesday night to delay County Executive Charlie Dooley’s appointments to the Board of Police Commissioners.

In a Committee of the Whole meeting before the actual meeting, four members of the seven-person council voted to hold off on the nominations, claiming they need more information.

County Councilman Steve Stenger led the charge, saying he wants a criminal background check on all appointees, the same process that police officers undergo.

Dooley said he was disappointed by the council’s decision.

“I think it’s unfortunate but I stand behind those two fine men I nominated,” Dooley said. “I hope they do it very quickly in the near future, in the next couple weeks.”

Dave Spence, a former Republican candidate for governor, has drawn opposition from organized labor. The other nominees, Rev. Dr. Freddy Clark, a local minister, has not drawn any criticism so far.

The five-person police commission is down to just two members after Raymond Wagner announced on Tuesday his intention to step down at the end of September. The five-person commission requires three members for a quorum.

Dooley said he wasn’t surprised by Wagner’s decision.

“He’s a good person,” he said. “If you read his resignation it’s about his business and I respect that and I’ve talked about this sometime ago. We knew this was coming.”

Councilman Mike O’Mara submitted another nominee for a board spot: Officer Thomas Malecek, a 28-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police force.

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