St. Louis Co. waits on police board replacements -

St. Louis Co. waits on police board replacements

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- The St. Louis County Council wants to wait before approving replacements for a trio of recent police board departures.

The seven-person council voted Tuesday night to delay County Executive Charlie Dooley's nominations to the Board of Police Commissioners. KMOX-AM ( ) reports that County Councilman Steve Stenger wants the nominees to undergo the same criminal background check required of prospective police officers.

Dooley has nominated former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence and the Rev. Freddy Clark to replace two departed commissioners. A third vacancy opened when business executive Raymond Wagner announced on Tuesday his intention to step down in late September.

The wave of departures comes amid an FBI investigation of a crime lab construction subcontract awarded to former a company co-owned by board chairman Gregory Sansone, who has denied wrongdoing.

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