Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)By Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)(UPDATED 5:48 p.m.) St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson confirmed his candidacy for the mayor of St. Louis via a prepared statement late Wednesday afternoon.

Mayor Francis Slay’s office says if Dotson were to be in the race officially, he should resign as chief so he can give city crime his undivided attention.

Dotson writes that the fact that he is a full-time police chief will not change during his campaign, and leading the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will remain his top priority.

He assures St. Louisans that his candidacy “will not conflict with my duties or personal commitment to your safety.”

“St. Louis needs a mayor who knows how to roll up his sleeves and solve the tough problems we all face from the frontlines not the smoke-filled backrooms of city hall,” Dotson writes. “It matters who the police chief is. It makes a difference in our lives and our livelihoods. And, it matters who the Mayor is. I’ve made a difference as police chief. With your help and support, I’ll make a difference as mayor.”

CLICK HERE to read Dotson’s statement in its entirety.

Our previous reporting is as follows:

It looks like St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is taking the first step toward a possible run for mayor.

The St. Louis American is reporting Dotson confirmed to them that he has filed papers with the Missouri Ethics Commission to form a committee for mayor.

Missouri Ethics Commission Director of Business Services Betsy Byers says her office has not received any paperwork from Dotson to form a committee.

Rumors started swirling Tuesday that Dotson had sent his paperwork in the mail to form a committee.

But Dotson is not confirming nor denying reports that he is forming a committee.

Police Chief Sam Dotson talking with reports on crime scene. (file photo KMOX)

Police Chief Sam Dotson talking with reporters on crime scene. (KMOX file photo)

Forming a committee doesn’t mean Dotson is diving into the pool, but he’s at least trying on a swimsuit. The committee would help him raise money to do polling on his chances of winning.

With the soon-retirement of longtime St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay from the job, several Democrats might jump in.

So far, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed are in. License Collector Gregg Daly has formed a committee to explore a possible run for mayor.

Aldermen Antonio French and Jefferey Boyd are also thinking about it. Others are trying to recruit City Treasurer Tishaura Jones to enter the race.

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Comments (3)
  1. Mark says:

    Dotson is a murdering psychopath. Fact. Does he really think one black person in the city of St. Louis would vote for him, after all the “murders” by his police…and he called them “good shoots”. It really doesn’t matter, because elections are institutionally rigged. CBS is delusional, and really become a lying POS here. Listening to the lies of what is going on in Syria by CBS news, I wish they would pull their FCC license. Be glad I’m not a federal judge.

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