UPDATED 12:18 p.m.

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – John Hayden has been chosen as St. Louis’ new chief of police.

majorhayden 30 Year Veteran of St. Louis Police Dept. Announced As New Chief

Major John Hayden, Commander of North Patrol (SLMPD photo)

“Today we got it right,” Mayor Lyda Krewson said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. “Stellar reputation,” “community leader” is how she described him.

Hayden was serving as a Major, commanding the North Patrol Division in the city. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Arts in Management from Fontbonne.

He is a 30-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department.

Previous St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson announced his retirement on April 20, the day after Krewson took office as mayor.

Previous reporting:

Is St. Louis ready to announce its next chief of police?

Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis public safety director Jimmie Edwards are ready to announce their choice for the city’s new police chief, and they could do it today.

Two weeks ago, the final six candidates were all together for a public forum at St. Louis University’s Law School.

They consisted of current interim chief Lawrence O’Toole, and two other long-time members of the department – Major John Hayden and Captain Mary Edwards-Fears. Three others from outside the region are also being considered.

The breakdown of candidates is five males and one female, four African-American candidates and two Caucasians.

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