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Slay still waiting on fire department promotions

Sherman George (left) and Mayor Slay (KWMU file photo/Tom Weber)

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has renewed his request to Fire Chief Sherman George to proceed with department promotions stemming from a controversial 2004 officer test.

Mayor Slay has continued to support Fire Chief Sherman George but seemed to indicate that support may disappear if Chief George continues to hold up close to 30 officer promotions.

Chief George requisitioned the promotion list from the city personnel director close to a month ago an act Mayor Slay took as a good-faith sign that promotions would be forthcoming.

"I can tell you this, I hope he fills all the positions with the existing promotion list and I think you're going to see something in the next couple days that will give you some more information on that," said Slay.

The requisition for the promotion list expires on Tuesday.

That list has divided the fire department for years after a 2004 lawsuit alleged that the officer test was racially biased.

Chief George would not comment on the status of the officer promotions.

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