- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay wants to know if his cabinet members and top advisers own any city real estate in need of repair.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1dNACb4 ) reports that Slay issued an executive order Wednesday requiring the written disclosure. The newspaper previously reported that former city operations director Ron Smith was part-owner of a historic building that was demolished after it had fallen into disrepair.

The Castle Ballroom once hosted jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, but had been cited for a series of code violations. Smith was a partner in a company that bought the ballroom a decade ago. He was Slay’s operations director from 2005 to 2010 and then a temporary city employee.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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