ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Aldermen sent a warning to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson Friday. A resolution was introduced calling on Dotson to resign as police chief if he filed to run for city mayor. The measure will be discussed in committee later in October.
No one can officially file for mayor until November 27. The filing remains open through January 6. The resolution was introduced by Alderman Joe Roddy, a Democrat from the 17th ward. It calls Dotson's plan to keep his police job as he campaigns for mayor a "disservice to his department and our citizenry."
Chief Dodson said he would restrict his campaign efforts to evenings and weekends. However aldermen say those are difficult times for public safety and he should be on the job or on call. Aldermanic Board President Lewis Reed, also a candidate for mayor, said Dotson has every right to run for the office, but he should take a lower level job in the department, take a leave of absence or resign. Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, who is running for mayor, said the city needs "a police chief working 24-7 and 365 days a year. "
Another candidate for mayor, Alderman Antonio French of the 21st Ward sent a tweet Friday saying he would give up his office in order to run for mayor. French, however, admitted he will not quit his post as alderman, rather he will not seek re-election to the job.
Missouri law prohibits candidates from seeking nominations for two offices at the same time. The St Louis City primary election will be in early March followed by a general election for the municipal offices in early April.
As many as 7 or 8 individuals have indicated an interest in running for the office. Current Mayor Francis Slay is not seeking re-election.