Steve Stenger becomes 8th St. Louis County Executive

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI)- It is inauguration day in St. Louis County. Steve Stenger was sworn in as the 8th St. Louis County Executive.

What is normally a ceremony held in the Council Chambers in the administration building was moved to the 6th floor of the courthouse. Only invited guests were allowed to attend.

A spokesman for Steve Stenger says the decision was made because of unspecified threats. County police say the change was made at the request of Stenger and prosecutor Bob McCullough, who was also sworn into office today.

McCullough has been the target of protesters since the shooting of Michael Brown on August 9th. Stenger has been criticized by many of the same people for not distancing himself from McCullough.

Stenger will become the eighth St. Louis County Executive. He will be replacing Charlie Dooley who was the first African American to serve in that office. Dooley served as county executive for 11 years.

One of the first changes Stenger says he will make is to establish an office of community empowerment aimed at increasing jobs and other economic and social opportunities for residents of north county.

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