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St. Louis police chief dances around question of retirement
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St. Louis police chief dances around question of retirement

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ST. LOUIS • Chief Dan Isom danced around questions about his rumored retirement after Wednesday's monthly police board meeting.

"I don't know what my future holds," Isom said, when asked whether he intends to leave the police department voluntarily for a teaching position at his alma mater, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, before his contract expires next October.

It's the logical choice for the chief should he choose a career in teaching. It's one of the premier criminology schools in the country.

Most recently, UMSL has become his partner, so to speak. Criminologists are embedded with the department this year to study Isom's policing strategies and determine which are the most effective when it comes to targeting hot spots of criminal activity.

UMSL also is one of three local universities Isom announced Wednesday that will partner with the department to attract better-educated recruits.

A spokesperson for UMSL said earlier today that she was unaware of the university's courting of Isom.

Isom was appointed as the city's 33rd chief of police in October 2008 -- about 20 years into his career with the department.

Isom holds a bachelor's, master's and a doctorate in criminology and criminal justice from UMSL. He also holds a master's in public administration from St. Louis University. 

He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Forum Senior Management Institute.

Isom grew up in the Penrose neighborhood and attended St. Louis University High School. He and his wife Virginia have two children, Alexandria and Daniel.

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Christine Byers is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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