Senator: Missouri public safety director Isom to resign
By Stephanie Baumer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The state senator who sponsored Missouri's new public safety director when he was appointed amid the fallout from the Ferguson police shooting says he's decided to resign.
Sen. Jamilah Nasheed tells The Associated Press she talked to Department of Public Safety Director Dan Isom on Wednesday, and he told her he would step down. Nasheed represents part of St. Louis. Isom is the city's former police chief.
The department and the governor's office didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Isom, who is black, in August following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown, who was black, was unarmed when he was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb.
Nixon has faced criticism for lack of diversity in his Cabinet.