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The Missouri Ethics Commission says a former Rockwood School Board member has violated the state's conflict-of-interest law.
The commission found that over a two year period Steve Smith voted more than a dozen times on construction orders that allowed his employer, Glenn Construction to raise its fees on contracts with the school board.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Smith has been hit with a $10,000 fine, but if he pays within 45 days, the amount drops to $2,000. If he violates the conflict-of-interest law again in the next two years, Smith would be on the hook for the other $8,000.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had come to the same conclusion in his February audit of the Rockwood School District.
Smith served on the Rockwood Board of Education as a Glenn Construction employee between May 2010 and June 2012.
The St. Louis County Library is looking for new leadership after the library director resigned without warning.
Many library staffers were stunned to learn by email Tuesday that St. Louis County Library Director Charles Pace had resigned. The email from the president of the library board of trustees, Lynn Beckwith Junior, didn't say why Pace had stepped down.
Pace has been at the helm of the 20 branch library system for the past seven years. He's credited with helping to persuade voters to approve the library's first tax-rate increase in almost 30 years. But he was also fined by the Missouri Ethics Commission in March for failing to put the library's name on some materials promoting the tax increase.
Beckwith's email indicated that Pace's resignation is retroactive to July 12.