Issue: 1166 Date: 12/27/2012
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Dotson Named New St. Louis Police Chief
St. Louis' 34th Chief of Police.
A 18-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department who has spent the last 18 months assigned to City Hall as the operations director for Mayor Francis Slay is the chief of police for the city.
The Board of Police Commissioners on Friday December 14, 2012 evening announced that Capt. Sam Dotson would replace chief Dan Isom, who is leaving in January to take a position with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
"It is humbling to realize that in the departments's 200-year history, there have only been 33 others appointed to this position as chief," Dotson said. "I'm replacing a very good chief. As a result of his leadership, the department is and will continue to be a great department."
Dotson will lead the department as it transitions from state to local control. He says the close relationship he developed with Mayor Francis Slay during his 18 months as operations chief will only help with that process.
Before heading to City Hall, Dotson was the chief of staff to the Board of Police Commissioners. He also spent time in the intelligence division, and was captain of the 7th Precinct when a disgruntled employee opened fire at the ABB factory at Union Ave. and Natural Bridge Rd.