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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – County Executive Charlie Dooley has signed an executive order setting goals for minority participation in construction projects.

The order sets minority workforce goals and establishes an Office of Diversity Programs. These are components of legislative bills introduced by Councilman Hazel Erby.

Those bills were tabled by the county council last night over conflicts with a diversity bill introduced by councilman Michael O'Mara – who was on vacation.

Dooley says it's the "right thing to do."

"The order sets the standard for who we are and how we conduct business in St. Louis County. This reflects our value system," he said.

Councilman Steve Stenger, who faces Dooley in the August primary, supports a diversity bill. He released a statement saying he's pleased Dooley included language from O'Mara's bill in his executive order.

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