County Council Refuses to Approve Police Board Nominee
CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - Sparks flew in Clayton Tuesday night after the St. Louis County Council approved only one of County Executive Charlie Dooley’s two police board nominees.
The council did not approve Bob Baer to the board. Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, said it’s because Baer is a close friend of John Temporiti, who is Dooley’s campaign treasurer.
Quinn said that because there is an ongoing FBI investigation into impropriety within the board, the nomination raises flags.
Dooley disagreed, at times speaking over Quinn.
“Sir, who is the FBI investigating? Who is the FBI investigating? What are you insinuating about the FBI investigation?” Dooley asked.
“I will tell you nothing,” Quinn responded.
“You can’t tell me anything, councilman,” Dooley added.
Quinn said that because Police Chief Tim Fitch called for the federal investigation, some council members are worried Dooley’s appointees will try to oust the chief.
Only two council members voted in favor of approving Baer. One voted against the motion and four abstained.
The other nominee, T.R. Carr, was approved unanimously. Carr was a professor at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville before serving as the mayor of Hazelwood from 2000 to 2009.
The approval of Carr gives the police board a quorum of three members.