Edward Mueth | St. Louis Public Radio

Edward Mueth

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Tensions boiled over Tuesday between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and the St. Louis County Council over an audit of the county’s fraud controls. 

It was perhaps the fiestiest public sparring between Dooley and Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, who are running against each other in the Democratic primary for county executive.

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St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger wants the county’s second-in-command to resign. 

Stenger, D-Affton, said on Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls should be held accountable for, among other things, fraud in the county’s health department.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said the county will pursue every avenue – including the courts – to recover county money that may have been embezzled by a top official in the county Health Department. As the investigation closed in, he killed himself.

Dolores Gunn, director of the St. Louis County Health Department, held a press conference on the investigation into Mueth's death.