Ousted for tax evasion, the politician reportedly refused to leave office

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A North St. Louis County politician was impeached after it was revealed she failed to pay part of her taxes. However, Citizens said she refuses to step down until FOX 2 is involved.

That’s the law in Missouri. You must pay your taxes, otherwise you cannot hold office. The Missouri Department of Treasury disqualified Carla Walker from Pine Lawn for violating the law, yet we found her at City Hall Friday.

Pine Lawn’s Barbara Chapman was unaware that Walker had been disqualified. She told FOX 2 that her immediate reaction to the news was, “It’s impossible because she was at a meeting.”

“[Walker]said that she’s a council person and that they’re working on some projects at Station 1,” Chapman continued.

Chapman later learned of Walker’s disqualification when two other council members said they could not get Walker to resign under the state’s order.

“Just give up the seat and go and you’re done — or pay the taxes and you’re good,” said alderman Gerald Metts.

Councilwoman Regina Gathright even snapped a photo of Carla Walker doing business at City Hall last week. She took the photo in the city clerk’s office, which is open only to city officials.

“If you’ve been told and you know you’re not a Council member, why are you still conducting business as a Council member?” Gathright said.

The Treasury Department issued a letter warning to Walker in February 2022. The agency then followed that up in March with a letter that said, in part, “Carla Walker hasn’t solved her crime.”

St. Louis County Election Commissioner Eric Fey explained what happened next.

“If it’s late enough in the process, and in this case it was, the name is still on the ballot. We just don’t count those votes,” Fey said. “It’s probably a first. No one else has signed up to run for office in that district. So it basically shows no ballots for that office.”

According to Chapman, Metts and Gathright, Walker continued to show up for work and then posed as a councilwoman. FOX 2 wanted to know what the Pine Lawn leaders would say. We found them apparently clueless when we entered City Hall on Friday and asked for the names of the educators in Ward 1. Those in charge told us: “Carla Walker”.

After briefing city leaders on the law, Councilors Gathright and Metts said Pine Lawn has now announced that Walker’s seat is vacant.

“They finally acknowledged it,” Gathright said. “Just thank you, and I think the only way it got put on the agenda was because you got involved.”

Metts added, “I’m glad she’s gone now.”

FOX 2 was never able to get a response from now-former alderwoman Walker — not even when we visited City Hall in person. It’s unclear what taxes Walker refused to pay, as the Treasury Department doesn’t specify its findings in its action letters.

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Nate Jones

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