CEO out at St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; interim leader named

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is parting ways with CEO Sheila Sweeney. Rodney Crim, the organization’s president, was announced as interim chief executive.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch previously reported on low staff morale and high turnover under Sweeney, who was hired in 2015. Under Sweeney’s leadership, the Partnership also drew scrutiny for its procurement practices and for awarding contracts to backers of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

Sweeney’s departure comes during a period of tightened oversight for the Partnership by the St. Louis County Council. The council now funds the Partnership quarterly and forces the agency to submit to council inquiries.

Crim previously headed the St. Louis Development Corp. and moved to the Partnership when it was created in 2013. The agency says it will conduct a national search for Sweeney’s replacement.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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