Unspecified threats force private inauguration for St. Louis County executive, prosecutor

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CLAYTON, Missouri — St. Louis County's new executive pledges renewed efforts to help impoverished residents.

Steve Stenger was sworn in Thursday in a private ceremony. He defeated incumbent Charlie Dooley in the August Democratic primary and narrowly won the general election in November.

The inauguration is normally public, but threats led to the decision to make it an invitation-only event. Details of the threats were not released.

Prosecutor Bob McCulloch was also sworn in. McCulloch drew protests for his handling of the investigation into the August shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. A grand jury ruled in November that officer Darren Wilson would not be charged.

Stenger says he will establish an Office of Community Empowerment to help close the gap in jobs and education in places like Ferguson.

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