Commission Work

Daniel Isom, Ph.D.

Dr. Isom was appointed director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1, 2014. He served as the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Policing and the Community for the nationally recognized Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a position he took after retiring as chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in January 2013.

He joined the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in 1988 and was promoted through the ranks before being appointed as the department’s 33rd Chief in October 2008. He worked in patrol, investigation, training, internal affairs and management positions with the department.

Dr. Isom holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as a master’s in public administration from Saint Louis University. He was selected as a U.S.A. Eisenhower Fellow in 2013 to study police education and training in Europe, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute and the Police Executive Forum Senior Management Institute.

Why I'm Serving: 
“I’ve lived in the St. Louis region all my life. I was born here, got married here and raised my daughter and son in this community. As a former police officer, police chief, father and lifelong resident of this area, I want to make sure we seize this opportunity to make St. Louis a better place for everyone to live and achieve their dreams.”