St. Louis Jobs Program Comes Under Scrutiny by State and Local Officials

By on January 8, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Mayor Lyda Krewson says her office will investigate a city jobs agency amid reports of financial mismanagement.

The announcement came after a KMOV (Channel 4) report last week featuring anonymous current and former employees of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment — better known as SLATE — alleging misspending of grant money, poor oversight over payroll and a hostile work environment.

Krewson said officials will also ask Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway to move up the audit of SLATE, as the auditor’s office continues its overview of city finances.

“We also, of course, are looking into it ourselves, but we know an independent investigation is more reliable,” Krewson said.

Galloway spokeswoman Steph Deidrick said the review of SLATE will begin this year.

“As with any audit, we will consider alleged misuse of public dollars,” Deidrick said.

Krewson addressed the matter at a news conference Thursday highlighting accomplishments of 2018 — among them, SLATE’s helping more than 9,000 St. Louisans find employment.

The mayor added that Alice Prince, SLATE’s director since 2017, has done a good job, noting that it’s not unusual for there to be some discord in reaction to new leadership.

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