Senate confirms Missouri public safety director appointment

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, January 23 2015 Jan 23, 2015 Friday, January 23, 2015 5:38:00 AM CST January 23, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has confirmed one of the state's highest-ranking black officials as public safety director despite concerns about a racial discrimination lawsuit against him.

Senators on Thursday voted 31-2 to confirm former St. Louis police Chief Daniel Isom II.

Isom was appointed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon shortly after a white police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

He was appointed amid criticism about a lack of diversity in state department leaders.

Isom's confirmation was delayed over questions about a discrimination lawsuit filed against him when he was St. Louis police chief.

A federal jury in 2013 awarded $420,000 to a white sergeant who claimed a black woman was wrongly promoted over him. Isom appealed.

Nixon and Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey have defended him.

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