Ferguson city public relations spokesperson has criminal record

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)-- We're learning more about the man overseeing public relations for the city of Ferguson.

It's a story our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have been working on.

They say that Devin James, the man who oversees public relations for Ferguson after the Michael Brown shooting, once shot and killed an unarmed man.

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.

Mayor James Knowles told the Post that Ferguson officials knew of James' conviction before they signed a contract with him.

Knowles said James' story of coming out of gangs and drugs to own his own firm has been inspiring and has given city officials an invaluable perspective.

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

About two hours later, Katie Jamboretz, of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, said the agency was severing ties with James.

According to the Post, city records show James was being paid $154.10 an hour.

You can read more about this story in Friday’s paper.

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