(KMOV.com) – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley told News 4 he was unaware that a man hired to lead the public relations campaign for Ferguson after the Michael Brown, Jr shooting had a criminal past.
Devin James was hired by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (previously known as the St. Louis County Economic Council) and later hired by Ferguson to handle public relations for the city after the shooting death of Brown. James was later fired by the partnership after it was revealed he was convicted for reckless homicide for a shooting that occurred 2004. James told News 4 he was upfront about his past and even said Dooley was aware. James also showed News 4 a photo taken with Dooley and himself.
“I pose with people at different functions all during the year, that doesn’t mean I knew him,” Dooley said.
Dooley said he has little involvement with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said James was upfront about his past. Knowles said James background was one of the reasons why the city wanted to work with him, to counter criticism that city officials are out of touch with people who may have a criminal record but are trying to turn their lives around.
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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The man leading the controversial public relations campaign for Ferguson is now the focus of controversy himself. Devin James was fired Thursday after his criminal background came into light.
Devin James acknowledges that he was convicted of reckless homicide years ago after killing a man he said broke into his home. James’ main contract was with St. Louis Economic Development Council.