This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 16, 2012 - Big changes are in store for the St. Louis Police Department. It's getting a new chief and, if a statewide vote goes as expected next month, it will change from a state-controlled agency to one controlled by the mayor.
But for now, the Board of Police Commissioners, in perhaps its final major decision before becoming extinct, will select a successor to Chief Dan Isom. Isom recently announced he is leaving the department at the end of the year to join the faculty of the criminology department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Isom has a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees from UMSL.