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County Council Approves Background Checks for Police Board

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - St. Louis County Police Board appointees will now be subject to background and credit checks.

The County Council passed the measure by a 5-2 vote at Tuesday night’s meeting. Council Chairwoman Kathleen Burkett of Overland and Councilwoman Hazel Erby of University City voted against the bill.

“Parts of this really, really concern me,” Burkett said. “One is the credit check, the other one being who has access to this information?”

Burkett told Councilman Mike O’Mara, the bill’s sponsor, that his intentions were good but the issue required more consideration.

County Executive Charlie Dooley must fill three spots on the five-person board after a string of resignations following a federal investigation into the business dealings of the board’s chairman, Gregory Sansone. One of Dooley’s nominees, Rev. Freddy Clark of Shalom Church, rescinded his nomination Friday.

Last week, Dooley criticized the background check proposal as “missing the mark” but said Tuesday that he will not veto the bill and doesn’t think the new rules will deter candidates.

“I’m going to do what the normal process is. I’m going to go to my staff and that’s where we’re going to go from there,” he said. Dooley said he will name the new candidates in a few weeks.

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