Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Panel Plans to Ponder Promotions Everyone Says That Politics Plays Role in Advancement: But How to Keep It Minimal?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Panel Plans to Ponder Promotions Everyone Says That Politics Plays Role in Advancement: But How to Keep It Minimal?

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Overland aldermen and Police Chief Eddy Williams agree that promotions should be given to officers who are professionally adept, not politically connected. Although both sides concede that politics has played a role in promotions, they disagree on who is to blame.

Williams, who cannot hire, fire or promote without the approval of the Board of Aldermen, has long accused aldermen of interfering in police business. Some aldermen contend that Williams favors officers who have helped him win elections. Mayor Frank Munsch, who has created a new committee to review promotion policy, hopes to resolve the dispute.

"I want to establish criteria we can stick to," said Munsch.

This committee grows out of an 11-month controversy involving Williams and two ranking officers, Major Richard Kessler and Capt. William Turner.

Munsch tried to end a feud between Kessler and Turner by reassigning Kessler, Williams' friend and ally, to City Hall. That left Turner, who had called for Williams' impeachment, as the chief's second-in-command. …

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