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Council members back auditor as Stenger calls for his firing

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com Members of the County Council are defending county Auditor Mark Tucker after County Executive Steve Stenger called for his firing amid allegations that Tucker is not qualified and has not completed any audits in his first six months on the job. The council hired former state government worker Tucker

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Council chair’s defense of county auditor lame

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The soap opera “As the County Turns” took another twist last week with County Council Chairman Sam Page’s lame defense of the council’s hiring of county Auditor Mark Tucker. Page, a Democrat from Creve Coeur who represents the 2nd District, joined 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas,

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County Council members fail to fulfill office’s duties

One of an elected official’s primary responsibilities is to be fully informed about legislation being considered by the governmental body on which they serve. That’s pretty fundamental, right? Yet we can clearly recall one former Mehlville Board of Education member who would show up at meetings in the 1990s with her board packet still sealed.

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County Council eyes pulling McCulloch’s county pension

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Council members are considering yanking Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s county pension at the same time they weigh how to shore up the county’s retirement system. The $525 million county pension fund, a defined-benefit system that grants a pension based on number of years worked and salary when the

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Council fighting changes to retirement plan it OK’d

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Council members are fighting back against changes they approved to the county retirement plan that appear to primarily benefit county Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch. The council unanimously approved the changes last November, despite a letter from County Executive Steve Stenger that noted that one of the changes would

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Stenger seeks state audit of county contract process

Contract process tainted by retribution, Stenger alleging By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com County Executive Steve Stenger asked the state auditor last week to conduct an audit of how the county approves road and bridge projects, alleging that the County Council has tainted the process with political retribution. Besides examining how the county approves and

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Conflict between Stenger, council could end up in court

By Gloria Lloyd Staff Reporter news3@callnewspapers.com With County Executive Steve Stenger and a majority of the County Council increasingly at odds, the council chairman speculated last week that the conflict could go to court. Four members of the seven-member council believe they are at a crossroads in their continuing faceoff with Stenger, who refuses to

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