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St. Louis County Councilman calls for Stenger to resign amid federal investigation

ST. LOUIS -  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is facing new calls for his resignation. Former police chief turned county councilman Tim Fitch issued a statement Monday morning. He expects the federal investigation into the Stenger to be prolonged. Fitch is calling for Stenger to step aside.

"It might not be in the county executive's best interest to resign, but it is the right thing to do for the people of this county. Only then can we move forward to do the important work we were elected to do," says Tim Fitch in a statement.

"I am not resigning. The voters of St. Louis County elected me to do a job and I will continue to work on their behalf. The assertion that County government is in 'chaos' is untrue. County government continues to function efficiently and our administration and employees are working to improve the lives of our residents," writes Steve Stenger in a statement.

A federal grand jury subpoena of St. Louis County records brought on an emergency council meeting on Thursday night. Fox 2 sat in on the first 15 minutes of the meeting, which was quickly turned to a closed-door session.

During the first 15 minutes of the meeting, council members asked dozens of questions to the deputy county counselor regarding the subpoena, who had a copy of it, and the possibility of hiring outside counsel. The idea seemed to be hiring an outside attorney would cut down on any appearance of a conflict of interest.

As far as the subpoena, records of how the county awards contracts are being requested, more importantly to the people who have contributed to St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's campaign.

Full statement:


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