ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - On Wednesday Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed confirmed that Department of Public Safety Director Dan Isom is stepping down from his job.
Isom the former St. Louis city police chief was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon last September following the unrest in Ferguson and shooting death of Michael Brown.
Isom and Governor Nixon issued the following statements:
“It has been a great honor to serve as the Director of Public Safety during this important time, but after a long career in law enforcement I have found that my true passion is teaching.” said Isom
“Over the last six months, Dan Isom has been a strong leader for the department and an invaluable member of my cabinet. I am deeply grateful for his wise counsel and leadership.” said Nixon
Sources say Isom may have felt stifled and micromanaged by the governor's office. Making it difficult for him to initiate reform ideas.
FOX 2 also reached senator Nasheed by phone she says the governor lacks leadership in the wake of Ferguson. Adding there is still lots of work to be done.
"He didn`t say too much as to why but knowing the governor's administration I`m sure they didn`t give him the necessary leeway to make necessary reforms as a result of the Ferguson unrest." said Nasheed
Prior to his state job Isom ran the criminal justice program at UMSL. Officials confirmed he will go back to teaching after he leaves the state on March 2nd. Peter Lyskowski will act as director until a new one is found.