FERGUSON, Mo (KMOV.com) – Ferguson city council members say they are parting ways with Devin James, the man hired to rebuild the city’s image.
This announcement comes two weeks after the Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and Devin James himself said James was in it for the long haul. The city and James were unable to agree to terms of a new contract.
The city said it thanks the Devin James Group for it's work. The Devin James Group thanks the city for the opportunity to impact change.
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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Devin James was hired to represent the city of Ferguson and help officials rebuild the city’s image, but he was fired after officials say they learned he was a convicted killer.
“Charlie Dooley terminated my contract,” James said. James is the president of his public relation firm and has been instrumental in many of the decisions the city of Ferguson has made since the shooting death of Michael Brown.
James said ten years ago, he was convicted of reckless homicide for the shooting death of a man that he said was attempting to rob him in 2004. He was sentenced to a total of 90 days in prison and five years’ probation.
James was in charge of communication strategies for officials in Ferguson. When asked if the apology from the chief and the civilian review board would have happened without him James said “no.”
“But, I want to clarify the chief wanted to make a statement, we just got it out to the world,” James said.
News 4’s Sharon Reed asked James if there was anyone he did not have access to, he responded with “no, complete access.”
Kathryn Jamboretz of the St. Louis Economic Development says no one in the organization knew about James’ past and admits they didn’t do a background check. However, a quick Google search showed James’ criminal records in the results.
Even though James was fired, officials say he is still working to help the city of Ferguson repair itself for free.