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County adds whistleblower rights and creates fraud hotline to fight future corruption

3rd District Councilman Tim Fitch takes questions from reporters after being sworn into office on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Fitch said that a primary focus of his during his time in office will  be public safety. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

September 5, 2019

By GLORIA LLOYD News Editor In an effort to prevent future corruption, St. Louis County will set up a whistleblower hotline that will anonymously take reports of wrongdoing from county employees, with protection granted so that they can’t be fired. It’s another step in the effort to safeguard the coun...

Page: Stenger staff out, Dooley’s back in

Gabe Backhoff, 3, left, and Lincoln Stenger, 2, play with St. Louis County Parks Director Gary Bess’ dog, Stan, during the Aug. 3 JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks County Park, with Grantwood Village resident Bess and his wife, Vivienne, pictured in the background. Gabe is Bess’ grandson, and Lincoln is the son of former County Executive Steve Stenger, who was up for re-election Tuesday — after the Call went to press. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

May 8, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com New County Executive Sam Page started his first day in office last week by asking nearly all of former County Executive Steve Stenger’s employees to resign by the end of the day. He also pledged to appoint entirely new members to the b...

County auditor has yet to produce a single audit after a year on the job

County auditor has yet to produce a single audit after a year on the job

February 27, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com A year into the job, county Auditor Mark Tucker has still not produced a single audit. The alliance that has controlled the County Council for the past year, 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, and three Democrats, hired Tucker on...

Tucker close to one year on the job; still no audits

Tucker close to one year on the job; still no audits

February 22, 2018

"Call the Tune" by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com County Auditor Mark Tucker is fast approaching his one-year anniversary of employment, but we question whether taxpayers have received their money’s worth for his $85,000 salary. Tucker, who began his duties March 6, has yet to pr...

Majority of council members remain at odds with Stenger

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, left to right: 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby and 4th District Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

February 15, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com A majority of the County Council is accusing County Executive Steve Stenger of using intimidation and threats to get his way, but Stenger dismissed the claims as “election-year ankle-biting.” The allegations leveled by the council span...

Attorney general looks to increase Sunshine Law compliance

Attorney general looks to increase Sunshine Law compliance

February 2, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com In the wake of Attorney General Josh Hawley’s lawsuits against St. Louis County and Jefferson County for allegedly violating the state Sunshine Law by not fulfilling documents requested, Hawley and a local official are looking for ways to...

2017 offered no shortage of Most Misguided Quotes

2017 offered no shortage of Most Misguided Quotes

January 11, 2018

"Call the Tune" by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The past year certainly was a wild ride for candidates for the Call’s Most Misguided Quotes of the Year. As usual, we have more quotes than space for our annual column in which we chronicle the most misguided, misinformed and misle...

New year begins with executive order from Stenger cutting council’s budget

County Executive Steve Stenger, second from left, listens to Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, address the council last year, left to right: 5th District Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby and 4th District Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray, D-Black Jack. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

January 9, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Executive Steve Stenger issued an executive order last week slashing the County Council budget, which council members had increased last month while cutting every other county department’s 2018 spending. Coming just hours before the f...

Check out these classic Most Misguided Quotes

Check out these classic Most Misguided Quotes

January 4, 2018

"Call the Tune" by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The end of 2017 also saw the end of the fourth quarter of the year, which provided a bounty of candidates for the Call’s Most Misguided Quotes in which we chronicle the most misguided, misinformed and misleading statements of the ye...

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