Nixon names Joplin chief new Missouri public safety director

4 years 3 days 13 hours ago Thursday, March 19 2015 Mar 19, 2015 Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:40:01 PM CDT March 19, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts has been appointed as Missouri's new public safety director.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon nominated the Joplin chief Thursday to replace former director Daniel Isom II, who left after only six months on the job.

Isom, who is black, was appointed amid fallout from the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson by a white officer.

Nixon faced criticism for lack of diversity in his cabinet.

Isom announced in February he was leaving the position to go back to teach at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Roberts served as Joplin's chief from April 2007 until he retired last year. He helped coordinate local, state and federal responses to the deadly 2011 tornado that devastated the area.

The Senate must confirm Roberts' nomination.

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