ST. LOUIS • City Treasurer Larry Williams, appearing publicly for the first time since one of his employees was arrested on fraud and theft charges last week, said this morning that he can't comment on the federal investigation.
However, he said, he is running for re-election this coming year.
Williams chaired a meeting of the city's Parking Commission, held inside his downtown offices above the garage on 11th Street.
After the meeting, he responded briefly to questions about employee Fred W. Robinson, who was indicted last week on federal charges that he stole $250,000 from a charter school and reaped as much as $175,000 over at least five years for a no-show job in the treasurer's office, prosecutors claimed.
Williams said he had received no questions from the general public about either Robinson or his office's stance on the issue, and wanted to know exactly who, specifically, was interested in such things.
But, when asked about specifics, Williams said he couldn't comment.
Williams then left the conference room and entered private offices.
South City Alderman Fred Wessels announced early this week that he would challenge Williams for his seat.