ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is facing more opposition to staying on as chief after he announced last week he’s running for mayor.

On Tuesday, St. Louis Aldermanic President Lewis Reed called on St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to demote Dotson because he said crime is already bad enough, and running a campaign would distract him.

“[Mayor Slay] could move the chief to another role,” Reed said, “just because he doesn’t believe [Dotson] could perform the duties that he needs to perform. And he has the power to do that.”

Reed also said that allowing Dotson to stay on as chief while running a campaign gives him an unfair advantage in name recognition with voters.

Slay has not commented on Reed’s call to demote Dotson.

Dotson has said policing will remain his “top priority,” even while he runs for mayor.

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