By Sharon Stevens
St. Louis (KSDK) - The search for a new St. Louis police chief begins in earnest on Wednesday.
The Board of Police Commissioners will meet in an emergency session to determine the search process to replace Chief Dan Isom, who will retire January 1, 2013 and begin teaching at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Board President Richard Gray told NewsChannel 5 he expects a new chief will be selected before Thanksgiving. He says 22 people are eligible, including three women. There has never been a female chief.
The eligible candidates are all either captains or deputy chiefs.
To be selected, potential candidates must live in St. Louis and currently serve on the force.
Gray says oral interviews will be required with each candidate, and an outside firm might be hired to help in the search process.
Among the names mentioned often as a possible candidate is Captain Sam Dotson, who currently serves as Mayor Slay's Chief of Operations.