Dan Isom

Daniel Isom, Ph.D.

Board Member

2019 - Present


Daniel Isom II is the Executive Director of the REJIS Commission. He is the retired Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department-City of St. Louis appointed St. Louis’ 33rd Chief of Police on October 6, 2008. He joined the St. Louis Police Department on August 29, 1988. He has worked in patrol, investigation, training, internal affairs, and management positions during his career. He was promoted through the ranks to Major before being selected Chief of Police. He served as the Missouri Director of Public Safety, and a member of the Ferguson Commission.

He has received a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, all from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from St. Louis University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, and the Police Executive Forum Senior Management Institute.

He has a variety of interests related to the management of police operations. The structural design of police departments from a political and community perspective, operational strategies for crime control, police officers’ individual behavioral issues, professional cultural perspectives’ influence on community-police relations, and police management are professional and research emphasis of Dr. Isom. Eisenhower Fellowships selected him as an U.S.A. Eisenhower Fellow in 2013 to study police education and training in Europe. Dr. Isom was also a Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics in 2016.