Missouri Public Safety Director Dan Isom Steps Down

After six months in the position, Daniel Isom has stepped down as Missouri’s state public safety director.

The former St. Louis officer was appointed in August by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in the midst of the Ferguson protests following the death of Michael Brown.

According to a statement issued by the governor’s office, Isom intends to return to the University of Missouri-St. Louis as a professor. He taught in the criminology and criminal justice department at the institution.  

“It has been a great honor to serve as the director of public safety during this important time. But after a long career in law enforcement I have found that my true passion is teaching, and I’m eager to return to my students at UMSL,” he said.

Isom faced some challenges last month when his hearing with the Missouri Senate – which had to confirm his appointment for him to continue in the role – was stalled due to concerns regarding his involvement in a racial discrimination case. 

A white sergeant accused the St. Louis Police Department of unfairly denying him a promotion because his superiors preferred a Black woman. 

In 2013, the plaintiff received $420,000 in punitive damages, and the jury charged Isom, who has since filed an appeal, $20,000 for his responsibility as police chief. 

Isom’s resignation will be effective March 2.