By Carlee Edwards
Governor Nixon arrived in Lee’s Summit, Wednesday August 27, at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to introduce the newly appointed Director of Missouri Department of Public Safety Dr. Daniel Isom II, effective Sept. 1. Isom is to replace retiring Public Safety Director Jerry Lee who held the position for three years.
Nixon spoke of Dr. Isom’s vast qualifications and good work he has done in his time with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Force and then closed by thanking retiring Jerry Lee for his time served and the dedication he’s had in serving the public.
“For more than four decades, Jerry Lee has dedicated his career to serving the public, and on behalf of six million Missourians I wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement,” Gov. Nixon said.
Dr. Daniel Isom has had a long history with the police force and public safety. He’s worked in patrol, investigation, internal affairs, training, as well has holding management positions within the department. Isom also has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri St. Louis, and an additional master’s degree in public administration from St. Louis University.
“I have dedicated my life to trying to find new and better ways to keep people safe,” Isom said.
Joining the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in 1988, Isom was promoted through the ranks until becoming the department’s 33rd Chief in October of 2008. After retiring as the Chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in January 2013, Isom became the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Policing and the Community for the highly acclaimed Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri- St. Louis.
“Protecting the public is one of the most fundamental obligations of government,” Dr. Isom said. “And I am honored to lead the Missouri Department of Public Safety at this critical time.”
Dr. Daniel Isom thanked Gov. Nixon for this opportunity and expressed his gratitude to the public for their presence and support as well.
After Isom’s speech, Nixon took questions from the public but kept the public from asking their questions to Isom, claiming it would be unfair to have Dr. Isom take questions before officially starting the job. There’d be plenty of time to question him later, Nixon told the press.