Sponsor Alderman Joe Roddy’s resolution says a chief distracted by politics won’t be effective in curbing crime. Dotson says crime is always his top priority.
Dotson says the resolution is purely political, pushed by factions supporting other candidates for mayor.
“What I see now are resolutions saying ‘If a police officer who might have a lot of insight in public safety who wants to move into the mayor’s office, we think that’s a bad idea,'” Dotson says.
He adds if aldermen really cared about crime, they would pass a resolution to hire more police.
“This is not a resolution about ‘We need more police officers,’ which there hasn’t been one, this isn’t a resolution about paying our police officers more…there’s not a resolution about the great job that our police officers do every day,” Dotson says.
Dotson notes his advisors tell him it’s legal for a police chief to run for office in Missouri.
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