St. Louis Public Radio News
5:02 am
Wed August 20, 2008

Chief selection will not wait for investigation

St. Louis – The Saint Louis Board of Police Commissioners has ignored a request from the officer's union to hold off on the selection of a new chief.

The St. Louis Police Officer's Association had asked the board to wait until the end of a federal investigation into a local towing company to see if any candidates for chief are implicated.

Former chief Joe Mokwa retired after it was revealed his daughter and police officers were allowed to borrow vehicles from the company, which impounds cars for the city.

Board president Chris Goodson says he's moving ahead because it's the priority of any board to get a chief executive in place.

"We're going to do everything we can humanly possible to involve a very comprehensive, deliberative, thorough investigative interview process to find out all the answers to those questions that you have and we have."

The president of the police union would not comment on Wednesday's decision.