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By Elizabeth Matthews

St. Louis (KSDK) - St. Louisans are getting a chance to weigh in on the search for a new police chief. The candidates are expected to be announced on Friday.

About 25 people showed up for the first of three public session. Most attending thought it was going to be a Q&A session, it was not. No questions were answered, but a few members of the board did listen to input and comments from the public.

The police board needs to have the new chief decided by the end of the year, that's when Chief Dan Isom is leaving for a job at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Tuesday's vote will allow the city of St. Louis to run the department not the state. Mayor Francis Slay, who is on the board, says this could be the last major decision made by the state-run board.

Wednesday night the public said they want someone who is educated, respected in the industry and a veteran on the police force.

The mayor says he's heard from the public that they want a crime fighter, someone who's going to bring crime levels down and he also has a wish list.

"From my standpoint I want somebody who's going to, that I am going to have a good relationship with and be able to work together as a team in fighting crime in our city," says Mayor Slay. "I think that's going to be necessary."

Next public forums:
Thursday, November 8 at Gribic Banquet Center, 4071 Keokuk, at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13 at Omega Center, 3900 Goodfellow, at 6:30 p.m.

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