ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Three current and former St. Louis aldermen, including Chief Executive Lewis Reed, were indicted on May 25 and appeared in federal court on Thursday. Jeffrey L. Boyd announced his retirement today. John Collins-Muhammad announced his resignation on May 12. The trio faced federal charges of accepting bribes and other items of value.
“Residents in the 22nd Precinct are better served by an alderman who doesn’t face federal corruption charges. Jeffrey Boyd had to go,” says Mayor Tishaura O. Jones.
Alderman Joe Vollmer will now chair meetings of the entire Board of Aldermen. Reed sent a letter to the board on Thursday evening that Vollmer would do so until further notice. He says this will help the board move forward on a number of issues.
Collins-Muhammad and Reed are accused of helping a business owner get a property tax break in exchange for a series of bribes. The indictment alleges Boyd accepted money to help the business owner purchase municipal land, acquire municipal land at a very low price, and then receive a tax break on the project.
Letter of resignation from Jeffrey L. Boyd to the Board of Aldermen:
I am resigning from the council with immediate effect. It has been my great pleasure to serve the residents of the 22nd Ward for over 19 years and I am proud of the fine work we have done as a community. It has also been a pleasure to work with so many councilors over the years.
Jeffrey L. Boyd Alderman
Letter of resignation from Jeffrey L. Boyd to the Board of Aldermen
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