Search on for new St. Louis city police chief

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Sam Dotson

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-The search is on for a new St. Louis city police Chief. This comes after Chief Sam Dotson announced his retirement on the first full day in office for new Mayor Lyda Krewson.

The search will apparently go nationwide.

Krewson says the search for a new St. Louis police chief will include looking at candidates from both inside and outside of the city. Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed telling us it could be a long process to find the right candidate for the challenging job. For the time being, Assistant Police Chief Larry O`Toole will take over as acting chief.

O`Toole is a 33-year veteran of the department.

The announcement about Dotson`s retirement came after he met yesterday morning with Mayor Krewson. The two were discussing the future of the city and the police department. Dotson says he offered to retire during the conversation but will remain involved as a consultant with the city for one year.

Dotson is staying on as a consultant to support the city and allow the new mayor to begin to establish her own team. Krewson says the decision to leave was Dotson`s and she thanked him for his service and commitment.

When we asked Krewson whether there was an option for Dotson to stay on as chief she told us the conversation never got to that point.

In a statement, Dotson said, “As I transition to my new role, i have the utmost respect for all of those who wear the badge and the uniform. It was my honor and pleasure to have led the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for over four years and to have worn the uniform for 22 years.”

No exact timetable has been given for when a new permanent chief might be hir