Charlie A. Dooley is the County Executive of St. Louis County. Dooley is the first African-American to hold this position. He is a Democrat.
Dooley grew up in St. Louis, attending the St. Louis Public Schools and graduated from Wellston High School. He served in the army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1968. After his military service, Dooley went to work for McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) and retired after 30 years of service in 1999.
Dooley's political career began with part-time positions in the village of Northwoods, where he and his family reside. Dooley was elected as an Alderman in Northwoods in 1978, and in 1983 he was elected mayor. He served as mayor until he was elected to the St. Louis County Council in 1994. He was the first African-American Elected to the council, and was re-elected in 1998 and 2002. In 2000, Dooley was an unsuccessful candidate for election to Congress. He lost the Democratic primary to Lacy Clay in a race to succeed Clay's father, Bill Clay.
In 2003, Dooley was appointed County Executive, following the death of County Executive Buzz Westfall. In November 2004, a special election was held to fill the remainder of Westfall's term. Dooley won the election defeating the Republican nominee, former County Executive Gene McNary. Dooley has formed a committee and begun raising money to seek election to a full term as County Executive in 2006.