Maj. Dan Isom was my choice today — and the right choice to be the City’s new police chief. Dan is a strong leader who will get the best out of the men and women under his command. He is a person of integrity and honor. He is tough. He will be a great role model for young people.
During the interviews for the job, Dan convinced me that he is ready right now to improve the department by using modern police tactics and technologies to take criminals off our streets and prevent crime before it happens; by using and improving street patrols to make all of our neighborhoods safe; and by understanding the urgent need to repair and restore the department’s credibility as the scandal that has rocked it unfolds.
I have worked with Dan on several anti-crime initiatives. I know that the success of the Wells-Goodfellow anti-violence initiative is attributable, in large measure, to the fact that Dan planned it, organized it, and lead it.
I have asked one thing of Chief Isom during his tenure: that he never hesitate to speak the truth about crime, its causes, and what needs to be done to stop it.