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Susan Smith-Harmon

Susan Smith-Harmon

   Friday is St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch's last day on the job.  He's retiring after 34years in law enforcement in order to run his own security and law enforcement consulting firm.  
   Fitch was 18 years old when he started his police career in Cahokia, Illinois.  Three-years later he went to work for the St. Louis County Police Department.  
   Chief Fitch tells Fox 2 News that when he began his career, he never had aspirations to be chief of police.  "I wanted to Adam-12 guy," he said.  "Where you're just out there in a patrol car and handling the calls and arresting the bad guys and taking care of the good people of the community."   
   In 2009, he was made chief of police, a job that sometimes put him in the thick of county politics.  Chief Fitch says the positions he took on controversial issues wasn't about politics, but upholding the law.  "To me it wasn't much of a decision on what should I do, what should I speak out about, what should I stay silent about. It really was just, what's going right and wrong."
   Chief Fitch says he won't miss the politics of his job, but he will miss the people he worked with. "You can't work with people every day for as long as I have and not have some genuine affection for these people that we work with every day," ge said.  "So that's the part I'll miss the most."
   The St. Louis County Police Board will select his replacement during a closed-door session today.
 
 
 
 
 

Webcam to watch zoo's penguins, puffins

Friday, 31 January 2014 04:24 Published in Around Town
   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fans of the penguins and puffins at the St. Louis Zoo can now watch them through a live webcam.
   Zoo officials say that live streaming video will be posted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at www.STL Zoo.org. After 5:00 p.m. each day, previously recorded footage will be shown.
   The zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast is closed to the public during construction of the McDonnell Polar Bear Point next door, expected to open next year.
 

Durbin lauds flood-insurance bill's Senate passage

Friday, 31 January 2014 03:49 Published in Local News
   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin says the Senate's passage of a bill that would delay premium hikes for years for buyers of federal flood insurance is good news for areas along the Mississippi River.
   Durbin cheered Thursday's advance of the measure that would put off huge premium increases that are supposed to phase in next year under new, updated government flood maps.
   Those maps are of concern in southwestern Illinois from Alton south to Columbia, where the Army Corps of Engineers believes many levies are in need of millions of dollars in upgrades.
   Officials in those districts are scrambling to make the fixes to avoid having them downgraded to functionally useless. That would require thousands of homeowners with federally backed mortgages to buy flood insurance.
 

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