St. Louis liquor commissioner involves with shady incidents fired

Former St Louis liquor commissioner Robert W. Kraiberg was involved with controversial incidents during his tenure for three decades and was fired last month. He sued the city 10 days later alleging he was fired for political reasons.

Kraiberg was responsible for handling liquor ordinances in St. Louis and conducting hearings, as well as issuing and renewing liquor licenses. He was beloved by bar owners; not always by neighborhoods and politicians.

Hampton House of Liquors remained open for 3o years during Kraiberg’s term, despite receiving multiple complaints, being busted swapping labels on kegs and selling beer to minors several times. The owner Gary Busalacchi said both the police and Kraiberg did not “treat him wrong” when his store was shut down last July.

Mayor Francis Slay said he is now considering a new direction for the division. He has ordered his operations director to “look at the whole thing and review.” Officials have discussed moving liquor license enforcement to the police department, for instance.

In Kraiberg’s defense, he said he always followed the law and carefully weighed the interests of the bar owners and neighbors.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch




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