Her father, a former state representative, recently was fired as chief attorney of the Northeast fire district, which serves 15 communities in north St. Louis County. In Walton's 2½ years with the district, he demanded that police arrest residents he and the board deemed disruptive and expressed frustration when that didn't happen.
More recently, he is embroiled in a legal battle involving thousands of dollars he and others have billed the district. Walton has argued that the court lacks jurisdiction over such matters and has no right to appoint a receiver.
Walton is expected to ask a judge today to dissolve a freeze on district funds.