(KMOV.com) – Incoming St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said he has repeatedly called outgoing officer holder Charlie Dooley, but Dooley refuses to speak to him.
The tension comes three months after a primary campaign where Stenger defeated Dooley by a 2-1 margin. During the campaign, Stenger was quoted as saying St. Louis County’s Chief Operating Officer, Garry Earls should be fired. Earls was later selected by Dooley to lead to help Stenger’s transition team.
“There’s no hard feelings. This is not about being mad,” Earls said.
Earls said he never contacted anyone from Stenger’s team, and also said Stenger has not contacted him. However, shortly before News 4 interviewed Earls, a Stenger representative met with Earls.
Dooley declined to speak to News 4.
“I think we’re going to move to a place where we can have those conversations. I think he’ll come along and ultimately, he’ll (Dooley) have those conversations with me,” Stenger said.