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Months After Resignations, County Police Board Remains Inoperable

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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 Board of Police Commissioners is still operating with only two members, leaving it without a quorum and the ability to make decisions.

County Executive Charlie Dooley continues to insist he has nominations lined up and for the past three weeks, Dooley has said he will present those nominations the following week.

The story was the same after Tuesday night’s County Council meeting.

“I’m going to say next week again. I’m going to say it again: next week. I’m hopeful. Before Thanksgiving, we should have something in place,” Dooley said.

According to Dooley, the mandatory credit check for nominees has been one obstacle to some people wanting the job. Another is a provision which states a person who is an elected official or is thinking of running for office cannot be on the 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.

The last two people nominated for the board – former gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence and Rev. Freddy Clark – both dropped their nomination.

Spence sent a letter to Dooley last month, 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.

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