Economic Development Partnership Pledges to Examine ‘Leadership and Structure’

By on January 4, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  After meeting for nearly two hours in closed session on Thursday, the board of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership vowed to take a “comprehensive look” at its leadership and structure — but announced no decisions affecting the organization’s chief executive, Sheila Sweeney.

“While we cannot share the discussions we had, we will provide an update as soon as possible pursuant to the Sunshine Law,” the board said in a statement handed to a reporter by Partnership Chairman Karlos Ramirez following the meeting. “We are committed to taking a comprehensive look at the leadership and structure of the organization, and are committed to making any changes necessary.”

Multiple sources have indicated to the Post-Dispatch that Sweeney may be preparing to depart the organization. Questions about her status were fueled by a closed Partnership board meeting Dec. 17 and the abrupt cancellation of a hastily scheduled board meeting on Dec. 21.

Sweeney has declined to comment on the speculation.

The Post-Dispatch last week published a report that relied on interviews with a dozen former Partnership employees. Many described low morale, high staff turnover and political interference in decision-making from St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

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