ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A 31-year-old representative of the 21st district resigns after five years in office. John Collins-Muhammad said he made “many mistakes” but did not specify why he is leaving the post. His emailed resignation letter indicates the next few weeks will be tough and he apologizes to his family and community.
“I love you, St Louis. Please pray for my family and the community where I love and don’t deserve it.” tweets Collins-Muhammad.
The City Council had a few run-ins with the law while serving the people of St. Louis. His license was revoked and he was arrested twice.
Collins-Muhammad was driving with a revoked license when FOX 2 reporter Chris Hayes confronted him about it. His driving record includes 17 state lawsuits and court convictions for driving without a license.
A traffic obstruction for speeding led to an arrest in 2019. At that point, an officer discovered that Collins-Muhammad had four active warrants for the city and five warrants for fugitive traffic from other jurisdictions. He was arrested on pending warrants and convicted of speeding, driving without a seat belt and driving with a suspended driver’s license.
In March 2018, Alderman Collins-Muhammad was arrested after hitting a vehicle at a stop sign.
Collins-Muhammad submitted his letter of resignation via email to Alderman Lewis Reed. This is a copy obtained from FOX 2:
Mr. President, pursuant to the rules of the Alderman Council and the City Charter, please accept this letter as my official resignation from the office of Alderman for the 21st Circuit effective Thursday, May 12, 2022.
It has been my lifelong honor to serve the people of the city of St. Louis. I made mistakes and I take full responsibility for those mistakes, and I am forever sincerely grateful to the residents of Ward 21 for giving me this extraordinary opportunity. I am resigning from my office, not from my church.
The coming weeks will be tough. I ask for continued prayers for me and my family. I apologize to my family and my constituents for my shortcomings and my mistakes.
Thank you Mr President.
John Collins Muhammad Jr.
City Council, 21st District
City Hall – Room 230
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