Jones subpoenaed to appear before committee over parking revenue - KMOV.com

Jones subpoenaed to appear before committee over parking revenue, public spending

Posted:
St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones. Credit: KMOV St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Ward 22 Alderman Jeffrey Boyd has issued a subpoena to Treasurer Tishaura Jones, requesting she appear before a committee to answer questions about how public money is being spent.

A News 4 investigation revealed Jones has taken 50 trips during her first term in office, with some being paid fully or in part with public funds. The trips have taken Jones from Paris to the White House, to Las Vegas.

News 4’s investigations found that many of the credit card charges by Jones for travel have no explanation whatsoever.

One meeting with a city vendor took her to Paris. Jones said she paid for her airfare while the company picked up other portions of the tab.

Jones says the trips have made her a better leader.

“I think the people of St. Louis would appreciate a Treasurer who is informed and knows what’s happening in our world and country,” Jones said.

Some aldermen have questioned the trips.

The subpoena calls for Jones to appear before an aldermanic committee to explain spending public money and as well the audit of the Parking Commission, which she oversees.

In response to the subpoena, Jones provided News 4 with this statement:

Treasurer Jones voluntarily appeared before the Streets, Refuse and Traffic Committee on January 16, 2018. She answered several questions about the parking division and the Treasury department.

Alderman Jeffrey Boyd—with the support of the Mayor’s office—filed a Motion to Intervene to serve as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that challenges the legality of the state statutes governing the Parking Division. Since Alderman Boyd and a representative of the Mayor’s office are also members of the Parking Commission, his participation in the lawsuit and today’s subpoena are conflicts of interest.

During the January 16 hearing Alderman Boyd asked Treasurer Jones specific questions relating to the lawsuit that he filed and sought information protected by attorney-client privilege.  Our office has formally requested Alderman Boyd recuse himself from proceedings based upon his conflict of interests, yet have received no response on this issue.

The subpoena received today from Alderman Jeffrey Boyd is harassment, as Treasurer Jones has already testified before the Committee, as well as provided several copies of the Parking Commission audit. Alderman Boyd continues to waste taxpayer dollars with these shenanigans.

Meanwhile, the Parking Commission under Treasurer Jones’ leadership has suspended all meetings in order to allow the legal process to run its course. Parking operations will continue according to current policies until legal clarity is achieved. Once the court has rendered a decision or a legal resolution occurs, the Parking Commission will comply with the law accordingly.

Treasurer Jones is a county elected official, and county elected officials are governed by state law. Any changes to their offices requires the state legislature to pass a bill and the governor to sign said bill into law.

Copyright 2018 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly