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St. Louis County Police Board appoints acting chair but has no quorum

St. Louis County Police Board appoints acting chair but has no quorum

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • St. Louis County Police Board member Roland Corvington became acting chairman Wednesday, but the board has only two members until vacant seats are filled.

Outgoing board chairman Ray Wagner ran his final meeting Wednesday after resigning for personal and professional commitments.

Corvington and John Saracino are the only two board members left until County Executive Charlie Dooley fills three vacant seats. Wagner's departure leaves the board without a quorum.

Wagner, Floyd Warmann and Gregory Sansone resigned from the board in August. Warmann quit abruptly citing an unspecified conflict with his role on the civilian oversight board. Sansone's resignation came amid a federal investigation into a construction contract awarded to his construction company.

Any votes on police department contracts would be postponed until the board's five seats are filled, Wagner said. He said he expected the County Council would take action before the end of November.

Wagner is an executive for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the husband of U.S. Rep Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin.

In his parting speech Wednesday, Wagner praised the police department's officers and civilian employees, adding that he thought he could better help and represent the police department as an outsider than as a board member.  

The five-member board is appointed by Dooley and approved by the County Council. Board members are paid $1,500 a year. The chairman gets $1,800.

Dooley's appointments in August of former Republican gubernatorial Dave Spence and the Rev. Freddy Clark have been held up because the council has asked for more stringent background checks, and Clark withdrew his name from consideration.

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