ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Three people were killed in St. Louis this weekend. With crime ever-present, should St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson focus on stopping the killings over his bid for mayor?
Former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom, now a criminology professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, says while it’s totally legal for Dotson to run, his active role as police chief vying for another government position poses an “ethical dilemma.”
“The similar case would be the FBI director running for president while sitting as the FBI director. That alone would cause you somewhat of a pause, wouldn’t it?”
He says that it is virtually impossible for separate the two positions from conflicting interests, especially when considering political contributions or potential investigations of political opponents during campaigns.
A resolution calling for Dotson to resign if he runs is currently pending before the Board of Aldermen.
Dotson says the resolution is a “purely political” maneuver by factions supporting other candidates for mayor to knock him out of the race.
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