St. Louis, MO (KTRS) The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is considering issuing an ultimatum to Police Chief Sam Dotson over his run for mayor.
At issue are concerns of Dotson not being able to perform his duties as police chief effectively while campaigning. Alderman Joseph Roddy of the 17th Ward is scheduled to introduce a resolution at tomorrow’s meeting calling for Dotson’ resignation.
Since announcing his run for mayor, Dotson said his campaigning won’t interfering with his job as police chief and he has no intentions of resigning.
This comes on the heels of Mayor Francis Slay calling for Dotson to resign after he announced his candidacy earlier this month.
Slay released this statement following Dotson’s announcement:
“Chief Sam Dotson has made no secret of his interest in running for mayor. I have told him that St. Louis must have a full-time police chief. While state law explicitly allows first responders to seek public office, it does not relieve them of their full-time job responsibilities.”
“I want to be clear to the citizens of St. Louis that I will not condone a part-time police chief. Chief Dotson should be completely focused on the job he has. Our City deserves no less. Should Chief Dotson decide to become a candidate for mayor, I expect him to resign, for this City deserves a top crime fighter dedicated to the task 24/7.”