ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — While the top elected official in St. Louis County could be facing a federal investigation, his future as a “metro mayor” could also be in jeopardy.
This morning Unite STL, the group behind the “Better Together” proposal, said they would re-file their amendment to expedite the selection of a new leader. Under the previous plan, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger would automatically become the metro mayor until a new election in 2024.
However, they cited community conversation—rather than the investigation—as their reasoning.
“Over the last two months, we have received strong feedback at stakeholder meetings, public town halls, and on social media regarding the decision to hold the election for Metro Mayor in November 2024,” reads a statement from the organization. “We listened and we have heard those concerns. Today, Unite STL is changing the amendment to hold the election for Metro Mayor in November 2022.”
“Obviously, this is not a decision you make rashly or quickly,” it continues. “Rather, we have come to believe over time that the concerns expressed were reasonable, well-taken and needed to be addressed.”
This change came shortly after a federal grand jury issued a subpoena to St. Louis County seeking records involving Stenger, according to St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas.
A St. Louis County Council investigation looked into land deals for Wellstone, Northwest Plaza and others. The council questioned Stenger’s possible involvement in offering high-dollar deals to the owners of both properties. Those property owners also contributed thousands of dollars to Stenger’s campaign.
It now appears U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen is taking up the investigation.
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