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St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathleen Burkett has died. After a nearly year-long battle with cancer, the 68 year old Burkett passed away at her Overland home Sunday morning.
Burkett had represented the 2nd Council District since 2002. She had been a longtime fixture of the St. Louis County Democratic Party, and had chaired the County's Democratic Central Committee through most of the 1990s.
During her tenure, she was a fierce opponent of the anti-smoking ban and was well known for her outspoken demeanor.
County Executive Charlie Dooley issued a statement Sunday praising Burkett as someone who took care of her constituents "like they were her own family."
A special election to fill her seat will be held as part of the November 4th general election.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley will have to try again to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Police Commissioners. That after the County Council rejected one of two nominees Tuesday night.
The council unanimously approved former Hazelwood Mayor T.R. Carr, but refused to seat former MSD chief Robert Baer.
Republican Councilman Greg Quinn said that his objections had centered on Baer's connection to Dooley campaign manager John Temporiti. Quinn suggested that Baer's appointment was part of a scheme to fire Police Chief Tim Fitch in retaliation for the chief calling in the FBI to investigate the Gregory Sansone-Police Crime Lab contract scandal.
Dooley called Quinn's reasoning "insulting."
Two seats remain vacant on the police board.
County Executive Charlie Dooley will try again to fill two vacancies on the troubled St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dooley will formally nominate former Metro CEO Robert Baer and one-time Hazelwood mayor T.R. Carr Tuesday afternoon.
If approved the pair would replace Gregory Sansone and Floyd Warmann, both of whom resigned amid controversy last summer. Sansone is the subject of an FBI probe after it was learned that a company he co-owns was hired as a subcontractor on the county's new police crime lab.
One other seat remains open on the board. Its not known if Dooley has a candidate in mind for that seat.
This is the second time the county executive has tried to fill the vacancies. All three of Dooley's previous police board nominees withdrew their names before confirmations could get underway.
South County Republican Tony Pousosa plans to run for St. Louis County Executive in 2014. The Green Park alderman announced his candidacy Tuesday night.
County Councilman Steve Stenger had announced last month that he will challenge incumbent Charlie Dooley for the Democratic nomination.
That could set up a rematch between Pousosa and Stenger. Pousosa unsuccessfully challenged Stenger for his 6th district council seat in 2012.