Chief Isom Leaving St. Louis Police Dept. for UMSL

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom is stepping down.  He announced his retirement Monday afternoon at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he will teach criminology.

Isom received several degrees from the university including a doctorate in criminology/criminal justice.

His last day is January first. Mayor Slay says the process to select a new chief is expected to begin as soon as possible.

Isom, who has been with the St. Louis Police Department for 24 years, has come under increased pressure from Mayor Francis Slay in the past few months over the sudden rise in violent gun crimes in the city in 2012. Sources say Isom “…isn’t comfortable” with that kind of pressure, and feared that it would only increase once City Hall gains full control of the police department. That’s expected in July, 2013, if Missouri voters–as seems likely–approve the transfer of control from the state of Missouri to the city of St. Louis.

Reports of Isom’s new job first surfaced in articles in The Evening Whirl, a St. Louis weekly newspaper that focuses on crime and the African-American community. When asked Tuesday by Fox 2 about the persistent reports, Chief Isom would only say “I’m focused on my job here today and that’s what I’m focused on. and I’m going to continue to do that, so you know i really wouldn’t want to talk about anything concerning that.”

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