Devin James, public relations spokesperson for Ferguson, fired

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FERGUSON, MO (KPLR)- The man hired to oversee public relations for the city of Ferguson has been fired.

James Devin was brought in to help the city respond after the death of Michael Brown and connect with the community.  But according to reports, Devin was a convicted killer.

James came to work for the city about two weeks after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson killed the unarmed 18-year-old Brown on August 9th. He replaced the original pr firm hired by the city after officials were criticized for not hiring a minority owned firm.

According to the Post, a spokeswoman for the partnership agency who is paying his bills said she was unaware of his conviction until Thursday.

A statement from St. Louis Economic Development Partnership issued a statement Friday saying:

“We have asked Elasticity, our contracted communications firm, to release Devin James from his subcontractor role, due to a lack of transparency. While we admire his personal growth from difficult circumstances and commend him for his high quality work in Ferguson, it was the lack of information about his background that prompted us to make this move. Mr. James failed to inform us of his prior conviction. He also did not reveal this information to Elasticity when he was hired as a subcontractor. As of today, we are developing new vendor due diligence policies which we believe will prevent similar incidents in the future.”

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, James was being paid $154.10 an hour.