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Former corrections commissioner ends court fight over firing

Former St. Louis corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield and his attorney at a 2011 hearing of the city's public safety committee
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio
A Tuesday hearing of the public safety committee was the first time suspended corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield (L) answered questions about recent jail breaks. His attorney, Sherrie Schroder, is at right.

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. 

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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Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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