The accusations against Bommarito come at an awkward time for the state-run Police Board, which is bruised from other scandals while facing a push by legislators in Jefferson City to turn over control to City Hall.Ah yes, it was only Monday that Mayor Slay traveled to Jefferson City and made a pitch to state lawmakers to reverse a Civil War-era policy and put control of the SLMPD back in the hands of local officials. Writes the Post-Dispatch:
Epsten said that a copy of the chief's letter was forwarded to Gov. Jay Nixon, whose office appoints four of the five Police Board members; the fifth is always the mayor.Apparently Bommarito, appointed to the Board in 2007 by former Gov. Matt Blunt, also attempted to help another relative duck a city ordinance violation.
Jack Cardetti, a spokesman for Nixon, said in an e-mail Wednesday night that Nixon has reviewed the letter. "It contains serious allegations," Cardetti wrote. "Our office will work with Public Safety Director John Britt to ascertain the relevant facts and make a recommendation for appropriate action in an expeditious manner."
In the letter, Isom said that Bommarito's interference on behalf of his nephew may not be an isolated incident. An "unrelated situation of similar nature" occurred recently, Isom wrote.
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