Name change to Roger B. Wilson County Government Center undecided

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 8:40 a.m. CDT; updated 12:01 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

*Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller and commission secretary Monica Kuster said Wednesday morning that there was no meeting of county officials on Saturday. Miller added that she is not interested in changing the name of the government center.

COLUMBIA — Boone County officials have yet to decide whether to remove the name of former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson from the county government center.

Wilson pleaded guilty last week to a federal misdemeanor charge of misusing money involved in an illegal political donation. The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that Boone County commissioners met Saturday but did not discuss the matter.*

The Roger B. Wilson County Government Center in Columbia was dedicated in September 2001 and includes a bronze bust of Wilson.

Wilson is a Columbia native and former Democratic lieutenant governor. He served briefly as governor after Mel Carnahan died in a 2000 plane crash.

He will be sentenced in July after admitting to helping secretly steer $5,000 from a state-created insurance fund to the Missouri Democratic Party.

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Richard Saunders April 17, 2012 | 12:02 p.m.

They should tar and feather the bust out front in order to remind the rest of the governing, criminal class that occasionally they DO get caught.

Of course, with the misdemeanor guilty plea, I still consider the whole thing a white-wash job. If it happened once, it likely happened many other times (perhaps with much larger amounts of money).

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