Jake Wagman, with contributions from Steve Bolhafner, Mark Learman and Matthew Fernandes, of St. Louis Post-Dispatch examined St. Louis City Treasurer Larry Williams' hiring practices to show that his payroll includes employees with criminal records, political connections and, sometimes, both. " Of about 200 employees in the treasurer's office, at least five have been convicted of felonies and at least one for misdemeanor assault. " At least a dozen more workers in the treasurer's office have connections to the city's Board of Aldermen, the city Democratic Committee or Williams' own campaign for office. As the treasurer, Williams is the city's banker and controls and supervises more than $1.5 billion in public funds.
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