Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Embattled St. Louis Jobs Agency Director Resigns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Embattled St. Louis Jobs Agency Director Resigns

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ST. LOUIS - Alice Prince, the embattled executive director of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, resigned Thursday amid audits and investigations following news reports of various problems in the agency.

"I care too much about our community to allow distractions to impede our ability to train and employ our people," Prince said in a news release issued by Mayor Lyda Krewson's office.

Koran Addo, a spokesman for Krewson, said Prince's departure was a mutual decision between Prince and the mayor.

City officials have said previously that audits and investigations were underway at the agency, commonly known as SLATE. Among those involved were the U.S. Department of Labor and the state auditor's office.

Some current and former SLATE workers have alleged that time sheets have been falsified. There also have been accusations of a hostile work environment. The allegations were first detailed by KMOV (Channel 4).

Krewson, in the news release announcing Prince's departure, said "the issues at SLATE pre-date" Prince's tenure as executive director, which began in September 2017.

From 2008 to 2017, she headed a division in the agency.

The mayor also said she appreciates "the enthusiasm, creativity and engagement" that Prince brought to the agency.

Meanwhile, Krewson's chief of staff, Steve Conway, said Thursday night that federal labor officials have determined that some SLATE contracts with service providers do not comply with some current federal guidelines.

Conway said "a fair number of these contracts didn't contain the correct operative clauses" and that "these are significant issues that have to be addressed."

In connection with that, state and federal labor officials have asked that the city ensure that all "noncompliant" provider contracts be terminated or expire by June 30. They then could be rebid.

That's according to a letter to Krewson on Monday from Mardy Leathers, director of the Missouri Division of Workplace Development. …

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