Stenger Resigns Following Corruption Indictment

Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger appears in court on Monday.

Embattled former Saint Louis County Executive Steve Stenger appears in court on Monday with his attorney.

By MCNS Staff

The former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is the target of a yearlong undercover federal investigation into the political favors he traded for campaign contributions. Stenger was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges of theft of honest services.

Reports indicate the indictment was unsealed Monday as Stenger resigned in a letter to County Counselor Peter Krane, writing that “it is in the best interest of our County and my family.”

The St. Louis County Council met Monday night and selected council chairman Sam Page to fill the vacated executive seat until the November 2020 election. The county charter states the County Council has to choose a replacement from the same political party as the outgoing executive; Stenger is a Democrat. Councilwoman Hazel Erby was the lone opposition to Page’s appointment.

Reports indicate Stenger appeared in US District Court at 1pm on Monday with famed local lawyer Scott Rosenblum. The judge entered a not guilty plea for the former county executive. Stenger was released without bail. If convicted, he could spend at least 5 years in prison and has agreed to surrender his law license.

According to, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith told reporters the indictment was the result of an investigation that began in early 2018 that involved his staff, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the IRS criminal investigations unit. He said the investigation was continuing.

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