Councilman Stenger wants County C.O.O. Garry Earls to resign

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(KTVI) - An on-going health department scandal turned into a political battle at Tuesday night's St. Louis County Council meeting.

Councilman Steve Strenger called for the resignation of Garry Earls, the County's chief operating officer.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Health Department officials suspected a conflict of interest with a high-ranking health department employee, but didn't report it to police.

County manager Ed Mueth committed suicide after it was discovered he embezzled more than $3 million.

Health department director Dolores Gunn says there's no orchestrated delay to withhold information from police.

"The resignation of Gary Earls needs to be the first step.  Enough is enough. The voters will have the opportunity to choose the fate of Mr. Dooley in August, but Mr. Earls needs to go now," Strenger said.

But Earls replied, "I am not going to resign because Mr. Stenger asked me to resign.  If Mr. Dooley were to ask me if I had completed my services...I work for Mr. Dooley."

Councilman Stenger is running against Charlie Dooley for County Executive.