Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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MISSOURI

BOARD OF ALDERMEN

Panel Named To Investigate Contracts Aldermanic President Francis G. Slay on Wednesday appointed a special committee to investigate whether Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.'s administration has shown favoritism in awarding contracts. The Board of Aldermen voted Friday to investigate after the mayor's executive assistant voted to give a $50 million Lambert Field contract to a team that included two firms where the aide's wife had worked as a subcontractor. Bosley then fired the executive assistant, Tim Person. Slay appointed Alderman Fred Wessels Jr., D-13th Ward, as chairman and Aldermen Miguel Mitchell, D-4th Ward; Stephen Gregali, D-14th Ward; Terry Kennedy, D-18th Ward; Bennice Jones-King, D-21st Ward; and Paul Beckerle, D-25th Ward as committee members. The committee is to investigate the process by which the contracts were awarded by the city for the airport expansion project, the Forest Park Master Plan and the downtown jail. MAYORAL RACE Fired Aide Will Work For Bosley Campaign Tim Person said this week that he would work for Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.'s re-election campaign even though the mayor fired him two weeks ago for a conflict of interest. Bosley said he has not decided whether he will pay Person for working on his campaign. Person served as Bosley's campaign manager in his 1993 campaign. Bosley forced Person out as his executive assistant after learning that Person's wife worked as a subcontractor for two firms that won a $50 million city contract as program manager for the Lambert Field expansion. ST. LOUIS Bosley Sr. Finally Shows Up For Jury Duty After ignoring at least two summonses to appear for jury duty, Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr., D-3rd Ward, showed up Wednesday at the Civil Courts building to do his civic duty. Bosley, father of Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., made good his promise in June to appear for jury duty the next time he was called. Earlier, Bosley avoided the possibility of explaining his absences to a judge as a result of a courtesy call from another judge. As a result, Bosley agreed to appear for jury duty when next called. He had been a no-show for jury duty at least twice over the last couple of years and could have been subject to a court order that would have required him to tell a judge why he had been absent. Unless he is seated on a trial jury, Bosley's jury duty will end this week. EDUCATION Area Schools Win `Gold Star' From State Four St. Louis area middle schools were among 11 selected Tuesday as "gold star" or exemplary schools, state officials said. The four schools are McKinley-Classical Junior Academy, St. Louis Public Schools; Merrill J. Rogers Middle School, Affton School District; Hoech Middle School, Ritenour School District; and Brittany Woods Middle School, University City School District. …

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