ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson would have to turn in his badge if he formally files to run for mayor under a resolution introduced before the Board of Aldermen.
Sponsoring Alderman Joe Roddy says he hasn’t endorsed any of the candidates running for mayor yet, but he fears a chief who would be mayor might have a conflict of interest.
“We need a police chief who is out of the political environment, who can work with elected officials, and can go ahead and respond to aldermen based on their real needs as opposed to their political agenda.”
The resolution failed to quick pass, but it’s still alive, and has been assigned to the Public Safety Committee where there could be hearings on the question.
Dotson says his job as chief will remain his top priority, and he says the resolution is political, pushed by aldermen supporting other candidates for mayor.
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The resolution is co-sponsored by aldermen Jeffery Boyd and Chris Carter, and by alderwoman Dionne Flowers.
Boyd has said he is considering a run for mayor himself, and Flowers appears in a campaign video supporting Alderwoman Lyda Krewson for mayor.
Dotson has not formally filed to run for mayor but has announced he is a candidate. The chief says his legal advisors tell him he has the right to run for mayor as chief.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was the first to call on Dotson to resign if he runs for mayor. Slay has been out of the country this week and has not commented on the resolution.
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