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St. Louis County Council selects an auditor

St. Louis County Council selects an auditor

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CLAYTON • The St. Louis County Council decided Tuesday who will be the next auditor here after a tumultuous process that called into question his qualifications for the job.

The council approved former health care lobbyist Mark Tucker for the job in a 4-3 vote. The council agreed in closed door meetings in January to part ways with the former auditor.

Some members who voted against Tucker cited concerns about his experience in auditing and accounting.

“From what I saw on his résumé, he didn’t fit the requirements for the job, which is a minimum of five years of accounting background,” said Councilman Mark Harder, who voted in the minority. “He’s never been an accountant. He’s never been an auditor. He’s not a CPA.”

Council members Colleen Wasinger and Pat Dolan voted for county audit manager Inessa Spring for the post.

County executive Steve Stenger, who did not get a vote on the selection, said after reviewing Tucker’s résumé, the candidate has “no accounting experience. None.”

But council Chairman Sam Page, who voted in favor of Tucker, said he believed the lobbyist’s managerial experience in Jefferson City qualifies him .

“I think he has plenty of accounting experience for this job. But I’m most excited about his experience with the state budget and in the office of administration because we have a very large budget and we have a lot of budget issues to try to understand,” Page said.

The county position pays $87,000. Tucker’s selection is effective immediately, said Page.

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