St. Louis Public Radio News
4:51 pm
Mon February 22, 2010

Police commissioner resigns

St. Louis, MO. – A St. Louis police commissioner accused of abusing his post to help a family member resigned Monday.

Vince Bommarito said in his letter to the governor that he made his decision after much thought and prayer.

Bommarito has admitted he called a patrol sergeant to get his nephew out of jail following the nephew's arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

Governor Jay Nixon said in a statement that he had accepted the resignation and called it appropriate following the recent events.

Nixon said he would begin looking for a replacement immediately.

The police board includes four members appointed by the governor and Mayor Francis Slay.