Michael Calhoun

CLAYTON (KMOX) – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says he was “surprised” to hear that his longtime colleague, county council chairman Mike O’Mara, had criticized his spending decisions.

He wrote a letter to O’Mara, expressing his disappointment. Both men are Democrats.


After an audit of the parks department revealed half a million dollars in spending on new vehicles during a time of lay-offs, O’Mara told KMOX that he was “concerned” about the administration’s decisions.

“We probably could have held off on the purchases until a later time, and made some repairs,” he said on Tuesday.

In the letter, sent Thursday, Dooley itemizes each vehicle being replaced and the reasons why. He also says he’s “consistently worked hard to save taxpayer money.”

A spokesperson for the County Executive didn’t return a phone call. O’Mara told KMOX that he was out-of-town on a business trip and couldn’t comment because he hadn’t seen the letter.


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