(KMOV.com) – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to provide equality in how county contracts are awarded.
Dooley said he elected to issue the order after the St. Louis County Council failed to pass bills that would have attempted to achieve the same objective at a meeting Tuesday night.
The orders lowers the threshold of requirements contractors must have to apply for county projects. Some critics have contented the move was made because many labor unions have endorsed Steve Stenger, who is challenging Dooley in the Democratic primary in the race for the County Executive. Dooley denies such claims.