St. Louis County Health Department Director Delores Gunn says there was no orchestrated effort to delay reporting the Edward Mueth scandal to police.
Mueth killed himself September 19th, about a month after his bosses at the Health Department discovered that he'd been overcharging the department for services and equipment through a computer company he owned. Police say Mueth embezzled millions from the county.
Gunn's statement comes a day after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published comments from Police Chief Tim Fitch and County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch that were critical of the Health Department's handling of the scandal. Fitch and McCulloch say Health officials had uncovered Mueth's scam about a month before his suicide, but didn't tell them until after his death.
Last night, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley expressed his support for Gunn. Dooley told reporters, "I have the complete confidence with Dr. Gunn's ability, what she has accomplished as our Health director, no question about it."
Meanwhile, Dooley opponent, Councilman Steve Stenger called on Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls to step down over the scandal. Earls says he's not planning to resign.
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