St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioner

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The long-running saga to fill the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners ended Tuesday when the St. Louis County Council approved Laurie Westfall’s nomination to the board that oversees the St. Louis County Police Department. She is the widow of former St. Louis County Executive Buzz Westfall. 

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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.

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St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch may need to make a little room on his wall. 

That’s because Fitch has received two resolutions from the St. Louis County Council celebrating his service – under very different circumstances. The one he received Tuesday commemorates his retirement, which takes effect Friday. (Fitch is starting a consulting company to advise law enforcement groups and companies.)

Dave Spence, the GOP's nominee for governor, announced Tuesday he was withdrawing his nomination to be on the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners. He's seen here with Charlie Dooley.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Republican Dave Spence withdrew his nomination to be on the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, a move he attributed to an ordinance that calls for stricter background and credit checks.

It’s the latest twist in St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s so far fruitless effort to bring the embattled police board to full strength.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Despite a lukewarm response, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley told reporters he wouldn’t veto a proposal requiring financial and criminal background checks for nominees to the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.

Dooley said he’s currently reviewing potential appointees to the embattled commission after one of his nominees for the board stepped aside.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The St. Louis County Council effectively killed St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s proposal to add subcontractors to the county’s conflict of interest statutes.

That move came Tuesday night, after the council gave initial approval to another ordinance mandating background checks for nominees to the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.