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Police Officers Association Protests Hiring of Convicted Felon for Headquarters Work

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St. Louis Police Officers Association protesting the fact that a felon is working on the new St. Louis Police Headquarters. (KMOX/Brian Kelly)

St. Louis Police Officers Association protesting the fact that a felon is working on the new St. Louis Police Headquarters. (KMOX/Brian Kelly)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Those driving by the new St. Louis Police Headquarters on Olive saw a new group of protestors out front Wednesday.

Members of the Police Officers Association joined union electricians protesting the hiring of a convicted felon, as the electrical contractor.

Association President Joe Steiger said he has been told by the City that it can’t do anything about it now, but he hopes it can be prevented in the future.

“Maybe there should be some sort of stipulation as far as convicted felons being allowed to do some of these projects that the city funds,” Steiger said.

The City accepted Tri-Co General Contracting’s low bid for the project. RE Contracting, which employs convicted felon Thomas Ruzicka, is listed as the subcontractor for Tri-Co.

Ruzicka pleaded guilty in 2010 to stealing more than $100,000 from his employees’ 401(k) plans.

City officials say if they took Ruzicka off the job now, they would wind up in court.

The St. Louis Police department plans to move into the new building on 1915 Olive Street by mid-April.

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