Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Dooley Plays Politics Dumping Fox TV Interview on Earls; Earls Stutters His Way Through

For those who missed the “You Paid For It” segment of Tuesday evening’s Fox 2 News at 9:00, click on the link below to view the 3 minute video of Elliott Davis grilling St. Louis County Chief Operating Officer, Garry Earls, about the two pending lawsuits against the county. It’s apparent from the video that County Executive, Charlie Dooley, would not agree to be interviewed by Davis, so he dumped the task on Earls. That's called "playing politics" when the chief executive refuses to be interviewed, he can later plead ignorance.

As many residents are aware, there are two court cases pending against St. Louis County concerning its controversial trash districting program. The first case involves the trash haulers vs. St. Louis County. This case was rejected on appeal by St. Louis County to the Missouri Supreme Court and was sent back to the Circuit Court for trial. To date, no trial date has been set.

The second case involves the citizens (right to vote) vs. St. Louis County. This case is in the Circuit Court and is set to be heard at the second Case Management Conference, which is scheduled for April 9, 2009.

Earls was unable to answer direct questions from Elliott Davis of Channel 2 repeatedly saying the county will NOT loose the law suits. He would not provide any indication of a plan should the county not win. Davis appeared to know more about the trash situation with the County that what County officials did.

Should the County loose the pending law suits, trash haulers who were selected by the county could well loose business. Trash haulers not selected by the county have already lost business. Additional law suits to recover lost revenue are not out of the question and could well run into the millions of dollars.

Contact County Executive, Charlie Dooley or Chief Operating Officer, Garry Earls, to let them know what you think about the county’s trash program, the contact information is below their respective pictures. As Elliott Davis always says: “After all, YOU PAID FOR IT!”

Send an e-mail to St. Louis County Executive, Charlie Dooley, at or give him a call at 615-7016 and let him know what you think of the county’s trash program.

You can also send an e-mail to Chief Operating Officer, Garry Earls, at or give him a call at 615-5000 and ask to be transferred to the office of the Chief Operating Officer to let him know what you think of the county’s trash program.

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