Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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PINE LAWN > Aldermen fire administrator, make other personnel changes * The Board of Aldermen in this struggling municipality in north St. Louis County made several personnel changes in a closed session Wednesday, according to its spokesman.

* The board voted to fire longtime city administrator Brian Krueger, said the city spokesman, Lou Thimes Jr. The board did not release its reasons . Krueger has a right to an appeal, Thimes said. Krueger could not immediately be reached for comment.

* The board moved its public safety director, Anthony Gray, to the job of city prosecutor, Thimes said. Gray had served as prosecutor before city officials moved him to the civilian post overseeing the city police department in 2013.

Thimes said he did not know the fate of the city's prosecutor, lawyer Rufus Tate. Thimes said, "When you reshuffle personnel, some people get reassigned and some people don't." Gray and Tate could not immediately be reached for comment.

Gray is a lawyer serving as an attorney for the family of Michael Brown, the man who was killed in an encounter with a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9.

* The board hired Maurice Brown, a veteran police officer with Wellston police, as its new director of public safety. Brown could not immediately be reached for comment. (Jeremy Kohler)

FERGUSON-FLORISSANT SCHOOLS > District to put $31 million bond issue on ballot * The School Board voted Wednesday night to put a $31 million bond issue for building needs before Ferguson- Florissant School District voters April 7.

No tax rate increase would be needed to pay for the bonds, but a four-sevenths majority will be required for approval. The measure would provide for many kinds of building needs, as well as security and technology improvements.

The last district bond issue was approved in 2010 for $25 million. If approved, not all of the new bonds would be used during the first year, administrators said.

Voters approved a 50-cent operating tax increase in August, although a larger proposal was turned down one year before. (Special to the Post-Dispatch)

WENTZVILLE > Mayor appoints economic development director * Dan Lang, a former official in St. Charles and St. Peters, has now been tapped to head Wentzville's economic development efforts. Mayor Nick Guccione's appointment of Lang as economic development director was approved Wednesday night by Wentzville aldermen.

Lang has been city administrator of Bowling Green, Mo., since 2012. He will be paid $78,000 a year in the Wentzville post. Lang was St. Charles' director of development from 1995 to 2001 after working for St. Peters for seven years as director of community development and special projects manager. He also has run a consulting business. (Mark Schlinkmann)

FESTUS > New trash containers too big, some say * Some Festus residents would like to toss out the new 95-gallon containers provided by waste hauler Progressive Waste Solutions. …

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