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.
We should know by the end of the week who will replace retiring St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.
Friday is Fitch's last day on the job and the county police board is expected to name his replacement at that time.
Fox 2 News is siting unnamed sources as say the field has been narrowed to three candidates: Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Cox, Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division; Lieutentant Colonel Kenneth Gregory, who leads the patrol division; and the head of special operations, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Belmar.