Sam Dotson

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Sam Dotson
34th Police Chief Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis
In office
December 14, 2012 – April 17, 2017
Director of Public SafetyCharlene Deeken
Mayor of St. LouisFrancis Slay
Preceded byDaniel Isom
Succeeded byJohn Hayden Jr.
Assistant Chief of Police for the Amtrak Police Department
Assumed office
October 2018
Personal details
Doyle Samuel Dotson III

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Spouse(s)Karen Dotson (div.)
Deanna Venker, 2019[1]
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
Alma materWebster University

Doyle Samuel Dotson III is the Assistant Chief of Police for the Amtrak Police Department. He was previously St Louis' Police Commissioner from 2012 to 2017.[2]

Early life and education

Dotson is a 1987 graduate of Metro Academic and Classical High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Fontbonne University and a master's degree in Business Administration from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police.


Dotson joined the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis on October 11, 1993; he was assigned to the Fourth District. In 2001, he was promoted to sergeant where he served in the office of the Chief and the Ninth District. In 2007, he was promoted to lieutenant where he served in the office of the Chief. In 2008, he was promoted to captain where he served in the office of the Chief, the Seventh District, and the Board of Police Commissioners. Prior to being named Police Commissioner, he served as the city's operations director.[3][4][5]

He became St. Louis' 34th Police Commissioner on December 14, 2012. In 2016 he stood for Mayor of St. Louis.[6] He resigned as Police Commissioner on April 17, 2017, when Lyda Krewson became Mayor.[7] After that he worked as Director of Security for the Washington Nationals baseball team,[8] before being appointed in October 2018 as assistant chief of police for Amtrak.[2]

Personal and family life

Dotson disclosed that for years he had been estranged from his mother, who in 2018 was convicted for theft of over $2 million from a real estate company.[9]


  1. ^ "St. Louis traffic boss Deanna Venker marrying Sam Dotson". St Louis Today. December 5, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Byers, Christine. "Former St. Louis police chief now second-in-command for Amtrak police".
  3. ^ "SLMPD Chief of Police".
  4. ^ Byers, Christine (December 15, 2012). "Sam Dotson chosen as new St. Louis Police Chief". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  5. ^ "Sam Dotson out as St. Louis police chief". 19 April 2017.
  6. ^ Byers, Koran Addo, Christine. "Dotson enters mayor's race; Slay wants him to resign".
  7. ^ Jim Salter (December 28, 2017). "30-year veteran of St. Louis department named police chief". Lexington Herald Leader. AP. Retrieved 2019-05-14. Sam Dotson abruptly retired on the same April day that Krewson took over as mayor.
  8. ^ "Former St. Louis Metro Police Chief Dotson lands job with Washington Nationals". KSDK.
  9. ^ Doyle Murphy (July 17, 2018). "Carol Dotson, Mom of Ex-St. Louis Police Chief, Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison". Riverfront Times. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Daniel Isom
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Succeeded by
John Hayden Jr.
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