Greg Quinn

Illustration by Susannah Lohr I St. Louis Public Radio

Meredith Anderson spent most of her life in Maryland before relocating to the Show Me State a couple of years ago. The O’Fallon resident got a surprising "welcome to Missouri" letter in the form of a personal property tax bill on her well-worn van.

Needless to say, Anderson was more than a little confused. She didn’t pay personal property taxes on her vehicle in her old state. And she didn’t get why you needed to pay such a tax in Missouri.

Three of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's appointees were approved by the St. Louis County Council. But Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, questioned his pick for parks director.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

During his first St. Louis County Council meeting as chief executive, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger saw three picks for top positions within his administration approved without difficulty. 

But at least one council member raised concerns about Stenger’s pick for the county’s parks director.

Greg Quinn's Web Site

Democrat Steve Stenger, who is to be sworn in soon as the next St. Louis County executive, has made a surprising choice to be his new director of revenue: outgoing County Councilman Greg Quinn, a Republican.

Quinn is a lawyer and had been about to retire from the County Council after more than 20 years representing the county’s 7th District. That district takes in much of west St. Louis County.

Greg Quinn's Web Site

The longest-tenured member of the St. Louis County Council won't run for re-election. 

Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, said on Monday that he will not run for another term on the seven-person council. His term expires at the end of this year; filing for his seat begins Tuesday.

Quinn said after over two decades on the council, it’s time to move on to pursuits outside of politics. “While I’ve enjoyed my 24 years of public service, I just think it’s time for me to devote myself to other things,” Quinn said.

Councilman Steve Stenger announces that he is challenging St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in next August's Democratic primary.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI | 2013 photo

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis County Councilman Greg Quinn isn't the most likely person to be enthused about a Democratic county executive.

But the Ballwin Republican couldn't help but express optimism about the prospect of fellow Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, upending incumbent St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

“I think he’d do a very good job as county executive,” Quinn said. “And I think he would get right to work at fixing what’s broken in St. Louis County.”