CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says it will be another week before there are new nominations to the county’s police board.
The five-person board has been operating with just two members, one shy of the three-vote quorum, after a series of resignations this summer in the wake of an FBI investigation.
“We hope that by the end of next week we should have three nominations,” Dooley said Tuesday.
The last two people Dooley nominated for the board – former gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence and Rev. Freddy Clark – both dropped their nomination.
Spence sent a letter to Dooley last week, stating the mandatory background check was the reason he wanted to drop out of the running.
“The new legislation put forward by Councilman Stenger and Councilman O’Mara is in my view flawed in that it creates possible exposure that is unnecessary and unacceptable to me,” Spence wrote, referring to a bill passed on September 10 which makes background checks mandatory for police board nominees.
Dooley said Tuesday that the new requirement has made it harder to find people willing to be considered for the position.
“The issue is about the credit [check]. How far is the credit, what is the extent of the credit, and what does it mean?”