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St. Louis County executive calls for firing of auditor

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is urging the County Council to fire County Auditor Mark Tucker.

Stenger's office on Tuesday released a letter from Stenger to County Council Chairman Sam Page, citing a news report from last week that Tucker owes nearly $100,000 in federal taxes. Stenger also questioned why Tucker was hired in the first place, saying he had not previous accounting experience.

The council hired Tucker in February by a 4-3 vote, with Page's support.

A message left Tuesday with Tucker's office was not immediately returned.