Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday nominated Daniel Isom II, a former St. Louis police chief, to become the state's top law enforcement official — and the only African-American in his cabinet — in the wake of racially charged unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, says the New York Times. Nixon nominated Isom as director of the state's Department of Public Safety on the same day that a police command center in Ferguson was dismantled and the National Guard completed its withdrawal.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the county police will remain in charge of policing the city of 21,000 that became the site of violent clashes between the police and protesters after Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, who was black and unarmed, on Aug. 9. Isom, whose nomination must be confirmed by the State Senate, spent 24 years on the St. Louis police force, including four as chief. He left the department two years ago to become a professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.