St. Louis County Council
The first draft came out last week but council members, including Council Chair Kathleen Burkett, D-Overland, say so far, so good.
Dooley nominated businessman and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence to the board when former chairman Gregory Sansone stepped down in August.
County Executive Charlie Dooley says the process is going slower than expected because of a new ordinance which requires background checks for nominees.
Method Insight, founded just last year, has withdrawn its name from the running for the contract to market for St. Louis County Parks.
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.
After an hour of testimony, County Councilman Steve Stenger didn’t address the crowd as he received and filed the Planing Committee recommendation to allow the project to continue.
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.
Halting the project could cost St. Louis County a lawsuit from the developer, National Church Residences, but residents opposed to the project have vowed their own lawsuit if it continues.
“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.”
Despite an FBI investigation, Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, says that’s not why his resolution praising Fitch was brought to a vote Tuesday.