The council instead moved forward with a measure that would require background and credit checks on police board member appointees, a move the county executive said isn’t helpful.
In a Committee of the Whole meeting before the actual meeting, four members of the seven-person council voted to hold off on the nominations, claiming they need more information.
“This is a dirty game, but it’s the only way they know how to play it. They go after those who are disloyal or threaten the status quo.”
“One of the tactics the Dooley administration used [in 2008] was to replace police board members in order to stack the deck in their favor against then-Chief Jerry Lee.”
“Anytime I think anything is criminal or inappropriate, it is my duty and my responsibility to stand up and say so,” Dotson says.
“This is an apolitical board,” Spence said, “I don’t think my view on one particular issue should come into something that is a volunteer board.”
Despite an FBI investigation, Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, says that’s not why his resolution praising Fitch was brought to a vote Tuesday.
Dooley could face a challenger in the Democratic primary, County Councilman Steve Stenger. Republican Bill Corrigan is also exploring the possibility of running. Corrigan, a lawyer, lost to Dooley in 2010.
Fitch is requesting an FBI investigation of a $3.75 million contract awarded to a company co-owned by Police Board Chairman Gregory Sansone.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is requesting an investigation of the $3.75 million contract awarded to a company co-owned by Police Board Chairman Gregory Sansone.