St. Louis, Missouri 2022-06-08 14:38:00 –
Less than a week after three St. Louis officials were charged with federal corruption, Mayor Tishaura Jones speculates that “more will be charged in the future.”
“I knew that the courtesy of city councilors had been on the board for a long time,” Jones said at a press conference Wednesday. “I don’t know how many other people are involved. I think there will be more federal prosecutions in the future.”
Last Thursday, an unsealed indictment sent a shock wave to St. Louis. Federal prosecutors alleged that city council President Louis Rhead and city council members John Collins Muhammad and Jeffrey Boyd received cash in exchange for political benefits.
Jones said he was certainly not sure if the members could expect more prosecutions. But she says she thinks this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“None of us have a crystal ball, and we can’t predict if there will be more federal prosecutions coming,” Jones says. “But what I know is: St. Louis’ confidence in the government is shaken again, betrayed by those who are trying to use public office for private gain.”
Reed, Boyd and Collins-Muhammad have all resigned. Joe Vollmer, city council member of the 10th district, will be appointed chairman of Reed.
In a conversation with the mayor, Vollmer’s interim board president emphasized his commitment to restoring the integrity of the board, Jones said. She asked the public to “give him a chance” when navigating the role that Volmer did not seek elections. Vollmer Acting President Until the president’s special election in November.
Jones says her administration is currently considering potential ethical terms and laws to protect the board from corruption. She added that the St. Louis Development Corporation is working to create a more “transparent” and “accountable” tax incentive.
The indictment alleges that Reed, Collins-Muhammad, and Boyd purchased LRA’s assets and received cash from a local business owner who attempted to reduce their taxes. According to Jones, LRA did not allow tax cuts.
The St. Louis Development Corporation announced on Monday that it would freeze its application to purchase Land Reuse Authority (LRA) properties in July to “reassess and rebuild” the process. Staff will continue to process existing transactions, but will not accept new purchase offers until October.
Jones addressed the turbulent political relationship between her and Reed in a prepared statement, stating that the charges outlined in the indictment “beyond personal or political disagreements.”
“Anyone who follows the city hall knows that President Louis Rhead has fought me since the day I first set foot in this office, despite the best efforts of my administration. “She says. “He refused to meet me and my staff over and over again on the American rescue program and other important issues. Since assuming office in 2020, Jeffrey Boyd has been with me every day. I was fighting. “
At a meeting in August 2021, prosecutors alleged that John Collins Muhammad was on the mayor’s “shit list” and said “she is also on my list.” He spoke with reference to the board bill that Jones rejected. If it had been passed, the bill would have given the planned gas station / convenience store tax cuts in the district of Collins Muhammad.
After Reed’s resignation on Tuesday, Jones said the alleged corruption of Reed, Boyd, and Collins-Muhammad provided a moment of remorse that needed to motivate St. Louis.
“This is a stain on our city, but it doesn’t prevent us from becoming a fairer, safer, stronger St. Louis, beyond race and zip code,” Jones says.
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