Ethics town hall to examine St. Louis County government

Pictured above: Former County Exectuive Steve Stenger, right, and his lawyer Scott Rosenblum leave the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse in downtown St. Louis following Stenger’s sentencing Friday, Aug. 9. Stenger was sentenced to 46 months in prison for felony charges related to exchanging county contracts for campaign donations. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

In light of recent ethical failures and broad cross-partisan momentum, a coalition of organizations is holding a town hall next week to urge St. Louis County public officials to take power away from special interests and big donors in government and give more power to voters.

At the Ethics in STL & MO Government Town Hall, the sponsoring organizations, guest community leaders and county officials will discuss critical reforms and address audience questions.

The event takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Kol Rinah Congregation, 829 N. Hanley Road, University City.

Host organizations include American Promise – St. Louis Chapter, Central Reform Congregation, Kol Rinah Congregation, the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis, St. Louis County NAACP, National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis and Show Me Integrity: Reforming Missouri Politics.

County officials confirmed to attend are Hazel Erby, director of diversity, equity and inclusion; and Councilmembers Lisa Clancy and Ernie Trakas.

The rest of the council and County Executive Sam Page have been invited.

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