St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson announced the end of his campaign for Mayor of St. Louis Tuesday.

In a press release, Dotson said he decided that he could best serve the community by staying on as police chief instead of running for the office of the mayor.

"Crime is the number one issue in our city," Dotson said in the press release. "To combat it, we need less politics, not more. We need fewer divisions and more collaboration."

Dotson announced his candidacy for mayor a little more than a month ago. Mayor Francis Slay said he would ask Dotson to resign from his current position if he decided to become a candidate for mayor.

"I am very happy that Sam Dotson will stay on as Chief and focus all of his time and energy on reducing crime," Slay said. "Setting aside his own ambition for the good of our City demonstrates his strong character. I look forward to working with him to unite our City around an agenda to make all neighborhoods safe."

You can read the entire release below, or by clicking here.

Sam Dotson announces end of mayoral run