ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is relinquishing management of Lambert–St. Louis International Airport Police, he calls it ‘taking a break.’

In August of 2014, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department took over management of Lambert Airport Police, when the city was given control of the force, from Missouri. But now, there’s a snafu.

Dotson says his goal was to merge his department and the airport police. He had managed the airport police force since August of 2014.

“Because of issues that none of us anticipated with the Social Security Administration, it’s become long and drawn out,” Dotson says. “Really what we’re going to do is take a break, let them get their issues figured out with the Social Security Administration. And ultimately I see them coming in and joining with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.”

Dotson believes the problem with social security will be worked out in the next 12 to 18 months, “then the two agencies will come together.”

But, as KMOX reported on Friday, Aldermanic Board President Lewis Reed doesn’t support Dotson’s decision, and contends there’s a disagreement between the Airport Director and Chief.

Reed wants a meeting between the two ASAP. But so far, no date has been set.

Dotson says the he’s traveled to Washington D.C. in the past to meet with national social security officials to form a plan. And believes new, state legislation will be necessary to move forward.

The Chief did not go into more specific details about what caused this decision.

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