Dotson selected as St. Louis' next police chief

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Posted on December 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 6:21 PM

St. Louis (KMOV) -- St. Louis will have a new chief in charge when the city regains control over its police department next year.

Friday evening St. Louis Police Commissioners announced they have selected Captain Sam Dotson to lead the force.

Capt. Dotson is an 18-year-veteran who has most recently served as the Director of Operations for the City of St. Louis under Mayor Slay.

Capt. Dotson replaces Dan Isom who is retiring and moving on to a new position with the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

In November Missouri voters decided to transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city. The state took control of the department back just before the Civil War.

Capt. Dotson says the transition to city control is an opportunity to take a closer look at department costs with the plan to save money and increase efficiencies. Dotson tells News 4 he does not plan any job cuts in the department.

Capt. Dotson will take over his new post in January.

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