St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has formally requested the County Council to fire the county’s auditor on Tuesday.
The request is following an investigative report conducted by KMOV in which it showed St. Louis County Auditor Mark Tucker owing thousands to the IRS.
According to Stenger’s office, Tucker faces a federal income tax lien of $91,496 and has been in place since 2011.
“A delinquent tax debt of this magnitude demonstrates Tucker’s lack of personal fiscal responsibility,” Stegner said in a letter sent to Councilman Sam Page. “The position of the St. Louis County Auditor is one of the most critical in our government. As the designated watchdog on behalf of taxpayers, the auditor needs to demonstrate integrity and should be held to the highest personal and professional standards. Mr. Tucker has failed on both counts.”
Tucker was hired as St. Louis County Auditor in March.
In the St. Louis County Charter, the County Council is responsible for appointing the auditor and can also remove the auditor from office if they show incompetence, neglect of duty, or malfeasance.
Stenger’s letter to the Council also highlights that the County Charter requires the auditor to have at least five years accounting experience. Tucker has none. According to Stenger’s office, on average the County Auditor performs eight audits a year and additional special reports. After Tucker has been in office, he has produced no such audits.
“We call upon our residents to pay their taxes,” Stenger said in a written statement. “It is appalling that our own county auditor, an individual responsible for budgetary checks and balances and who should serve as an example of fiscal responsibility, has instead proven derelict in his personal and professional obligations.”
Tucker was not immediately available for comment.