Attorney General Gardner Says St. Louis Has No Authority Over His Office | Law and order
Gardner’s city-funded office has contracts for a variety of services, including special assistant prosecutors, law firms, consultants, expert witnesses, forensic investigators, and computer software and technology. Its latest budget totals $ 7.7 million.
Lawsuit claims new contract approval procedures Green’s office adopted last year violate city charter and are “an attempt to take over” the circuit prosecutor’s office and remove power of the elected circuit prosecutor.
Gardner’s lawsuit argues that Missouri state laws covering county contracts do not apply to St. Louis “because the city is considered by law to be a city, not a county.” She asks a judge to deny the city’s control over her desk and declare St. Louis as a constitutionally chartered city not bound by state laws governing county contracts.
“The district attorney has opposed and strongly opposes the city’s efforts to take control of the (office),” the lawsuit said.
Green told the Post-Dispatch last year that his office implemented new policies as of July 1, 2020, to ensure that contracts entered into by office holders fully comply with certification procedures ensuring that the money is available.