Tag Archives: Nepotism

Five Questions for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board has decided Sharon Carpenter should exit recorder of deeds race and the office should be turned over to the same mayor who has financially and publicly propped her up all these years.

Top management problems with her office have not been a secret. Why is it that an office holder AWOL for most of four years didn’t draw more opponents this year? That’s a question the Editorial Board needs to be asking.

Another question- Why wasn’t there any follow-up by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to the 2010 State Audit of the City Recorder’s office?

Another question- What is the St. Louis County Recorder of Deed’s Technology and Preservation Fund spent on? That’s a civil service position under a County Executive appointee. That’s the model the Editorial Board wants.

Another question- Why doesn’t the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds provide Birth and Death Record services?

Another question- Did St. Louis County get back that half a million dollars stolen from its Recorder’s office by an employee?

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

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Update: Nepotism at Recorder’s Office

I have received the following response from Timothy Boyer, Director, White Collar Crime Unit, Circuit Attorney Office, to my letters on nepotism in the Recorder of Deeds office.

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I have asked Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce to remove Recorder Sharon Carpenter for violating Article 7, Section 6 of the Missouri Constitution by employing a family member within the fourth degree.

From 2010-2012, Recorder Carpenter paid $12,015 from the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund, a fund which she alone controls under state law, to Rudy Brynac, her great-nephew for “temporary employment” in her Archives Department.

I am not surprised that the letter did not come from Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. I respect that this is being handled by staff to avoid any conflict of interest. The Circuit Attorney has been a supporter and contributor to Recorder Carpenter’s re-election campaign. Her father and mother served as 23rd Ward Alderman, where Carpenter has been committeewoman since 1964.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Recorder Must Be Removed, Second Letter to Circuit Attorney

I have written and hand-delivered a second letter to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce regarding Nepotism in the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds Office.

“The laudable events of last Wednesday, Recorder Sharon Quigley Carpenter’s issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples, which I support, do not change the fact that Mrs. Carpenter previously violated Article 7, Section 6 of the Missouri Constitution by employing a family member within the fourth degree.”

“I contacted Recorder Carpenter and asked her to resign. She has not. I am, therefore, again asking that your office pursue Mrs. Carpenter’s removal.”

From 2010-2012, Recorder Carpenter paid $12,015 from the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund, a fund which she alone controls under state law, to Rudy Brynac for “temporary employment” in her Archives Department.

Mr. Brynac is the grandson of Ronnie Brynac, nee Quigley, Recorder Carpenter’s sister, making him the Recorder’s great-nephew, a fourth degree relation according to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

My previous letter to Circuit Attorney Joyce.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Ed’s Letter to Mayor Slay About Recorder Nepotism

This is the letter about Nepotism in Recorder office that Ed McFowland personally delivered to Mayor Slay’s office on Monday, June 23.
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Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Ed’s Letter Asking Recorder to Resign

This is the letter Ed McFowland delivered to Sharon Carpenter at Recorder office on Monday, June 23, asking her to resign because of violating Missouri Constitution Nepotism law.
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Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

 

Post-Dispatch Story on Recorder Race

Candidate accuses St. Louis recorder of deeds of nepotism, smoking in office by Nick Pistor

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Sharon Carpenter Must Resign

My email today to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee.

Today I delivered a letter to Recorder Sharon Carpenter asking her to immediately contact the City Board of Elections to remove her name from the August Primary ballot and resign from office to save her family and the City of St. Louis from her removal by the quo warranto process.

Sharon Carpenter hired a family member with public funds entirely under her control.

From 2010 to 2012, during two summers and two weeks in a winter, Sharon paid over $12,000 from the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund to Rudy Brynac for “temporary employment” in her Archives Department.

Rudy Brynac is the grandson of Ronnie Brynac, Sharon’s sister, making him the Recorder’s great-nephew, a fourth degree relation according to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Article 7, Section 6, Missouri Constitution is very clear on Nepotism: Penalty for nepotism. Section 6. Any public officer or employee in this state who by virtue of his office or employment names or appoints to public office or employment any relative within the fourth degree, by consanguinity or affinity, shall thereby forfeit his office or employment.

I then delivered a letter to Mayor Slay recommending Deputy Assessor Shawn Ordway be appointed to fill out Sharon’s term. Under Section 105.030 Missouri Revised Statutes, the City’s mayor fills a City Recorder vacancy.

I have not met Mr. Ordway but I know he is the former Cole County Assessor and, therefore, uniquely familiar with Recorder land records services. What is important here is stability and continuity of services for customers.

Due to irregularities in expenditures, such as the hiring of the Chief Deputy Recorder’s son to perform over $100,000 in office renovation services, I have also asked that the Mayor’s appointee remove the current Chief Deputy Recorder. I have suggested that she be replaced with a supervisor from one of the Recorder’s departments, someone familiar with day to day operations but no previous relationship with the office Technology and Preservation Fund.

The final letter I delivered today was to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, explaining the situation and providing her with the check numbers, dates, and amounts, and requesting that she proceed with quo warranto removal of Sharon in the event she does not resign.

Those dates, check numbers, and amounts include: 6/10/2010 Check #1945 $240; 6/24/2010 Check #1948 $1,200; 7/9/2010 Check #1949 $1,155; 7/21/2010 Check #1951 $600; 8/5/2010 Check #1953 $960; 8/23/2010 Check #1957 $1,200; 8/27/2010 Check #1959 $600; 5/27/2011 Check #1993 $384; 6/9/2011 Check #1995 $768; 6/23/2011 Check #1997 $960; 7/7/2011 Check #2001 $864; 7/20/2011 Check #2004 $864; 8/12/2011 #2008 $1,380; 1/5/2012 Check #2015 $504; 1/12/2012 Check #2021 $576.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Nepotism in Recorder Office

June 4th I emailed this information to members of St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee.

From September 2009 to December of 2013, Sharon Carpenter paid Superior Building Group L.L.C. a total of $108,123.00 from the Recorder Technology and Preservation Account for office renovations.

Sharon explained renovations in a letter to me, “the Recorder’s office had become a hazardous workplace.” That is an interesting choice of words coming from someone who smokes in her office and endangers the health of employees and customers.

“The renovation was over-seen by the Board of Public Service from selection of the contractor to assurance that the contract was completed on time, within budget.”

The contractor selected is owned by Jim Treis, the son of Peggy Meeker, Sharon’s Chief Deputy Recorder and Office Manager.

Did Sharon or Ms. Meeker volunteer to the Board of Public Service that the company was owned by Ms. Meeker’s son?|

Who actually made the contractor choice? Board of Public Service or the Recorder’s Office?

This is not an account with the City Treasurer. Who signs the checks from the Recorder Technology and Preservation Account?

When I am Recorder, this will never be an issue because we will have a Code of Conduct that eliminates nepotism.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds