St. Louis Police Chief Chief Dan Isom designed an office for himself inside the new police headquarters in which he will never sit, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Isom, 45, announced his retirement at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ criminology department, where he will join the teaching staff Jan. 1. The news comes at a historic time for the department. It’s on the precipice of a move from the headquarters building where it has been based for 90 years and a citywide vote next month could return it to local control for the first time since the Civil War.
It also comes at a time when the Board of Police Commissioners and mayor’s office has put added pressure on Isom to reduce a rise in aggravated assaults with a firearm. Isom insisted that he’s passed up other job opportunities and is taking this one on his own terms. He said he has enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor as much as developing policing strategies. He will receive a pension of about $62,000, which is about 48 percent of salary as chief. Isom’s departure comes at a critical time for Mayor Francis Slay, who is hoping to regain control of the police department from the state in next month’s election.