Two police officers assigned to security detail for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley can no longer access the criminal justice database.
Police Chief Tim Fitch tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that an internal affairs investigation is under way to determine whether the officers' violated any laws when they ran the names of police board candidates, including Dave Spence. Fitch says it was an announcement in October by Dooley chief of staff, Garry Earls, that prompted the investigation. Earls had told the County Council that Spence's criminal background check had come back clean.
A spokeswoman for Dooley told the paper the county executive was unaware of the investigation and had not himself requested any such checks by the officers.
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is pulling his name from consideration for a seat on the St. Louis County Police Board.
County Executive Charlie Dooley's office released a withdrawal letter from Spence on Tuesday. In it, Spence cited the new screening process enacted by the County Council in the wake of an FBI investigation of former police board chairman Gregory Sansone.
Dooley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday evening that the newly adopted audit of police board appointees leaves a nominee’s financial record open to scrutiny through Sunshine Laws.