St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom, 45, announced his retirement Monday from the police department before his soon-to-be co-workers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis' criminology department. He made the news of his retirement, the subject of rumors for days, official at a news conference at the university's J.C. Penney Building.

He said his last day as top cop will be Jan. 1, when he will join the teaching staff of his alma mater.

The Board of Police Commissioners may hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to start the process of naming a new chief, with the goal being to have a new chief announced next month, said Richard Gray, president of the board.

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