Broader Ethics Policy Sought in St. Louis Co.
CLAYTON (AP) - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is asking the county council to broaden its ethics policy to include subcontractors as questions swirl around a multi-million dollar building job awarded to a company owned by a political appointee.
Dooley previously determined that the subcontract to police board chairman Gregory Sansone's company did not violate the county charter since SM Mechanical LCC was not hired directly by the county. The county's top attorney concurred.
County Police Chief Tim Fitch has since asked the FBI to help probe the $3.7 million contract for a new crime lab in Clayton. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that county councilman Gregg Quinn of Baldwin has now joined the call for further investigation of the deal. Sansome's company earned about 40 percent of the overall award.