St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger

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Speaker Calls out County Exec's Numerous Absences from Council Meetings

May 24, 2018 - 7:56 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - This week, St. Louis County Council members kicked the public out of their discussion about a new police station in South County and, later, another elected official was called out for frequently being absent.

When we asked why the meeting was being closed, councilman Ernie Trakas said they were going to discuss real estate matters.

 “The bill is for architectural services, but in context there was a need to discuss the property, the suitability of the property, the status of the purchase, all those things that went beyond just the architectural services,” he says.

Also Tuesday night, Kira Braxton, a justice center worker who's watched the council and executive argue over her raise, remarked that she was happy to see County Executive Steve Stenger actually attend a meeting.

He’s missed eight this year, according to the journal of the council.

KMOX News asked Stenger if he believed attending more meetings would help keep him and the council on the same page.

“I’ve been attending to things all throughout the county, particularly on Tuesday evenings in some cases, so no, I think this is an issue that has been ongoing for some time now,” he says.

The county charter says the county executive “shall attend regular meetings of the council and participate in discussions without vote."