State public safety director, appointed last fall, stepping down

Daniel Isom, the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety who was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon last fall during the unrest in Ferguson, is stepping down from the position.

Isom, a former St. Louis police chief, was confirmed just last month, and some in the Capitol are blaming Nixon for the director’s sudden departure from his new role.

Nixon did not mention any problems in a statement released late Wednesday, but various sources said Isom had become frustrated with a lack of support from the governor’s administration.

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, said she is “extremely disappointed that Dr. Isom must not have been given the leeway to make reforms necessary after the unrest in Ferguson.”

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