St. Louis police commissioner resigns

Monday, February 22, 2010 | 2:58 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis police commissioner has resigned, nine days after he contacted police to get a nephew out of jail.

Vince Bommarito resigned on Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon called it "appropriate" and said his office will immediately begin the search to fill the vacancy. The state oversees operation of the St. Louis police department.

Bommarito has said he did nothing wrong. He owns one of St. Louis' finest restaurants, Tony's.

On Feb. 13, he learned his 47-year-old nephew was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving.

Bommarito told media outlets that he did call a police sergeant and ask that his nephew be released from custody. Police took the nephew to the restaurant.

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