Former corrections commissioner ends court fight over firing
A former corrections commissioner for St. Louis has dismissed a federal employment discrimination case against the city.
Court documents do not explain the reason Eugene Stubblefield ended the legal over his December 2011 firing. In September, the magistrate judge overseeing his federal case ordered the two sides to reach a consent decree or dismiss the suit.
Mayor Francis Slay suspended Stubblefield in September 2011, just hours before a fourth escape from the city's jails in 15 months, then officially fired him in December on the grounds that Stubblefield had failed to follow the city's contracting and personnel procedures.
- The first escape -- August 2010
- The second escape -- April 2011
- The third escape -- July 2011
- The fourth escape -- September 2011 - Stubblefield was suspended just hours before this incident.
An October 2011 report, authored by St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson when he was the city's operations director, found "systemic failures of leadership" in the corrections bureau.
After the city's Civil Service Commission upheld his firing, Stubblefield sued in state and later in federal court, claiming he was punished more harshly than white employees who had made similar mistakes. The state court rejected those claims. The federal dismissal came earlier this week.
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