Union blasts Dooley; police board nominee quits

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)--Even as more troubles piled up for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley on Friday, a defiant Dooley told Fox Two that he has not done anything illegal or unethical, and that he intends to run for re-election in 2014, despite a major labor union's call for Dooley not to run again. All this took place within hours of the withdrawal of Dooley’s latest nominee to the troubled St. Louis County Police Board.

Friday afternoon, the Rev. Freddy Clark withdrew his name for consideration to be a member of the Police Board, saying the Board position "...was not the right fit."  Dooley had nominated Clark, along with failed gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence, to take positions on the Board created when several members resigned. This comes as an FBI investigation into a subcontract at the new County Police Crime Lab continues, and as Carpenter's Union head Terry Nelson said that Dooley's credibility has been damaged beyond repair by the F.B.I. probe.

"Even Ray Charles could see there's something wrong," said Nelson. He was referring to a subcontract at the Crime Lab won by a firm headed by Gregory Sansone. Sansone was chairman of the County Police Board, and only resigned when the FBI probe became public. The FBI investigation started when St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch went to them, upset that Dooley and the county's top attorney had found nothing wrong with the Sansone contract.

"We can't support Charlie and we would hope he won't run for re-election," said Nelson. "This is strictly a natter of honesty and character and ethics."

Dooley brushed aside the union criticism, saying "I take this job seriously. I have done nothing illegal or unethical. None of these criticisms of me are surprising, and I intend to run for re-election in 2014 so I can keep serving the good people of St. Louis County."

Dooley also said the Rev. Clark's withdrawal had nothing to do with the FBI investigation. "He telephoned me Friday," Dooley said, "and simply told me he no longer thought this position he was nominated for was a good fit. His background checks and financial reports all came back clean, so this had nothing to do with any of that."

The five member County Police Board now has three vacancies, since two other members also resigned in August.

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