You Paid For It: The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership’s six-figure salaries, high-priced offices

You Paid For It

ST. LOUIS – The You Paid For It team is shining the spotlight on a St. Louis agency spending big bucks on six-figure salaries and offices.

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership in Clayton was the agency used by former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger in the pay-to-play scheme that sent him to federal prison.

The organization says it’s made a lot of changes to make sure those abuses don’t happen again. But some area leaders still aren’t convinced you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

The head of the organization, President and CEO Rodney Crim, makes $260,000 a year.

There are nearly a half-dozen people under him also making six figures.

In addition to the pay, you’re shelling out big bucks for fancy Clayton offices. One of them on Forsyth in Clayton costs you $448,000. Another on South Central in Clayton was $308,000.

FOX 2 asked the partnership to speak with Rodney Crim on camera. We were turned down. They would not make the head of the board of directors available either.

We noticed something strange when looking at the organization’s website. There were nine projects listed that were four years old. Among them the NGA project. Area political leaders deserve the lion’s share of the credit for that.

The partnership also lists the effort to get Amazon’s second headquarters, which ended up going to Virginia.

Another project on their website – the Old Jamestown Mall that closed in 2014. After we started asking questions about what the agency was doing, the projects were taken down from the website and replace with a note that said “under construction.”

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed says the salaries at the partnership are out of whack and there should be a review of what they’re doing and a review of the salaries.

You can view the salaries below:

Employee Last NameEmployee First NamePositionAnnual Salary
ArcherJasonVice President $100,006.40
Bauschard TrostMaudeCommunity Development Project Manager $58,510.40
BeanHowlAssociate Counsel $80,017.60
BehrmannLindaAssistant Vice President $92,081.60
BohnertTimothyLoan Officer $66,820.00
BuddeWilliamAssistant Vice President of Real Estate $61,680.32
CahillKevinVice President $139,807.98
CarmodyTawnyaExecutive Assistant $51,396.80
CohenElizabethExecutive Director $115,603.54
CookDanaCompliance Specialist $52,728.00
CrimRodneyCEO & President $260,000.00
Diamond SchlueterGenevieveGeneral Counsel $120,016.00
FolkZacharyLoan Officer/Credit Analyst $61,680.32
FrankelJeffreyAssistant Vice President of New Market Tax Credits $74,016.54
FredekingSamuelDirector of HR $75,000.12
GentlesKarenExecutive Assistant $47,278.40
GreeneVanessaSite Administrator $52,253.76
HarbisonJeanenneHR Assistant $47,008.00
HinsonJodiAdministrative Assistant $41,017.60
HixsonJohnVice President $128,500.32
KowalskiDonettaChief Financial Officer $145,017.60
LangPatrickFinancial Accounting and Reporting Manager $70,012.80
LappinKristinVice President $121,304.30
LucasLaJoyceLoan Processor $52,427.70
MayTracyExecutive Assistant $61,680.06
MeiseDeborahAssitant Vice President $79,441.44
MichaelChristopherBusiness Development Officer $58,011.20
MillerEmilyLegal Assistant $58,011.20
MosbyKarenSenior Accountant $60,008.00
MullinsSeanFDI Director $82,239.82
MulvihillColleenSmall Business Development Manager $77,100.14
NowakTimothyExecutive Director $170,075.10
PalankRichardInterim Vice President of Business Finance $65.00/hour
ParisiMary JaneSite Administrator $62,122.06
ParkBomiProject Manager $47,008.00
PurkDawnAccounting Assistant $47,486.40
PurkRichardMaintenance $17.48/hour
ReischmanAlexandraContent & Marketing Specialist $58,000.02
Ron-FergusonZinniaData Analyst Project Manager $60,507.20
SchlueterRogerBusiness Development Officer $77,100.14
ScottCherylExecutive Assistant $47,278.40
ShacklefordKatherineSite Administrator $51,913.94
SheehanStellaDeuputy Director $85,009.60
SiebertWilliamMaintenance $19.48/hour
Sierra-SewellSuzanneSenior Program Manager $70,012.80
SnowMelbaOn Call Worker $14.46/hour
SpitzSusanInternational Business Development Specialist $51,399.92
StuckeyMichelleVice President $100,006.40
TriplettElizabethReceptionist $47,486.40
TurnerMiaMarketing Coordinator $46,999.94
WardRebeccaCoordinator of the Boards $68,484.52
WhiteLavoughndaCommunity Development Project Manager $48,068.80
WildingJanetVice President $128,500.06
WilkersonCarmenAdministrative Assistant $41,121.60

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