ST. LOUIS -- The chairman of the aldermanic parks committee in St. Louis says the Zoo-Museum District board needs to “reinvent itself” and become a watchdog organization for taxpayers.
The district oversees the St. Louis region’s five taxpayer-funded cultural institutions. Alderman Joe Roddy told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the institutions should be judged on their performance and earn their collective $70 million annually, rather than get the money automatically.
Roddy on Monday released a report concluding that both the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Botanical Garden should overhaul their governance.
Roddy’s investigation was fueled by questions about executive pay at the five museums—the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Zoo and the History Museum.
The report came a day before the Missouri Historical Board of Trustees and the Missouri History Museum Subdistrict Commission voted on a new history museum president and CEO.