St. Louis official resigns amid nepotism inquiry

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The longtime recorder of deeds in St. Louis resigned on Friday amid a nepotism investigation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1sHFKQH ) reports that Sharon Quigley Carpenter’s decision to step down essentially quashes the inquiry by Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

Her opponent in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, Ed McFowland, says Carpenter hired her great-nephew to work summers from 2010 to 2012. He also accuses Carpenter of hiring the son of her chief deputy to perform $100,000 in office renovations.

Carpenter said she hired those relatives but misinterpreted the nepotism statute and still plans to campaign for re-election.

Missouri law states that any public office holder employing a relative within four degrees should forfeit office. The Missouri Ethics Commission considers a great nephew a fourth-degree relative.

3 comments

    • Ace Baily

      I am not, and if one follows this, slay or his lackey rainford will be out there telling the world how well run and problem free the city gov. is with his administration. it is no different out in the county the shady deals that are done in the back rooms of county city halls, just involve a different set of characters.

  • Just

    St County govt is just as corrupted, Look at Dooley… Lets not forget about most of the city governments as well as the school boards. Too many apathetic citizens around to get anything done about it. Wish there was a way to light fires under them to replace all government, elected, appointed and hired. They are ALL corrupt.

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