John Collins-Muhammad resigns from the St. Louis Board of Aldermen

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Alderman John Collins-Muhammad resigned from the St. Louis Board of Aldermen 11 May.

Collins-Muhammad has represented Ward 21 in North St. Louis since 2017. The ward encompasses College Hill, Kingsway East, North Riverfront, O’Fallon and Penrose neighborhoods.

Collins-Muhammad announced his departure by posting to social media a resignation email he sent to Board President Lewis Reed. He did not cite a specific reason for his departure.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of the City of St. Louis. I have made mistakes and I take full responsibility for those mistakes and I am forever sincerely grateful to the residents of the 21st Ward for allowing me this most extraordinary opportunity” – Collins-Muhammad wrote.

Collins-Muhammad is the third member of the Board of Aldermen to resign this year. He joins Heather Navarro of the 28th Ward, who resigned in January to take a job with the Midwest Climate Collaborative.

Alderwoman Sarah Martin of the 11th Ward, a registered lobbyist, resigned last month after the passage of Prop R. The ballot measure imposed conflict-of-interest requirements and greenlit the creation of a citizens commission to redraw ward boundaries, a task normally under control of the BOA.

Collins-Muhammad is one of four aldermen who filed a lawsuit to prevent Prop R from going to effect.

In his email to Reed, Collins-Muhammad wrote “the weeks ahead will be tough.”

“I ask for continued prayers for myself and my family. I apologize to my family and to my constituents for my shortcomings and my mistakes” – he wrote.

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