CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Sam Page has been selected as the new St. Louis County Executive, hours after Steve Stenger resigned.
Stenger stepped down after being indicted. He is accused of being involved in a pay-to-play scheme.
Page was a councilman for District 2, which covers a swatch of West and North County, including Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, St. Ann and Olivette.
The vote for Page 5-1 (with one abstention). Hazel Erby was the only dissenting vote.
Page said he will treat the council with respect, adding he looks forward to working with the council to address the challenges ahead. He also said there will no longer be pay to play schemes in St. Louis County going forward.
Some in the council chambers were upset there was no public comment. Republican Paul Berry, who lost to Stenger in 2018, stormed out of the chambers.
Page was later sworn in after the meeting and group photo of Page and the council was taken, Erby was not in the photo.
Stenger and Page had previously clashed over St. Louis County’s budget and a proposed ice rink in Creve Coeur Park. The rink is now being built by Hollywood Casino.
Page will serve until November 2020, when a special election will be held for the St. Louis County Executive.
The last such election occurred in 2004, when Charlie Dooley, who was appointed after Buzz Westfall passed away, was elected to a term of his own.