CLAYTON, MO–(KMOX)–Facing a competitive re-election challenge in about six weeks, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley issues an executive order today, enforcing the provisions of minority contracting legislation stalled in the county council.
“Right now, I’m doing this right before an election because of what happened last night,” Dooley said, referring to the third week in a row the county council failed to take action on bills that would establish twenty-percent minority and five-percent female participation in county contracts of a million dollars or more.
In adopting the same benchmarks into his executive order, Dooley says he wants to end the policy of setting minority and female participation levels on a project-by-project basis.
“Let’s do it one step higher,” Dooley said, “Let’s put it in place.”
Dooley bristled when asked if he was only now getting suddenly busy on the issue to rally his base ahead of the election.
“Sir, what I’m about is putting people to work and level the playing field,” Dooley said, “That’s what we for, OK?”
Dooley’s Democratic challenger in the Aug 5 primary, Councilman Steve Stenger, was preparing a response.