The St. Louis County Port Authority has been in the council’s crosshairs since this summer, when the council attempted to hold ethics hearings in the wake of Post-Dispatch stories that raised questions about its procurement policies and real estate transactions. The inquiry grew out of the council’s deep and growing distrust of Stenger, whom council members have accused of misleading them on several issues.
Stenger’s port authority held an emergency meeting Wednesday night at the Partnership offices in Clayton, the first port board meeting in nearly five months. The board asked a Post-Dispatch reporter to leave the room so it could have a confidential discussion about “a legal issue.”
Stenger’s version of the port board included four members from the board disbanded by the council — Greg Hayden, Edward C. James, Frank McHugh and Daniel Thies — and two new appointees, Jeffrey P. Aboussie and James J. Beck. (Nanci Napoli and Charles Wiegers were not reappointed.)