St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden announces retirement

ST. LOUIS – After serving nearly four years as St. Louis’ senior law enforcement official, John Hayden has announced his plans to retire.

Mayor Tishaura Jones joined Chief Hayden for Wednesday’s announcement. She thanked the chief for his service to the city and his commitment to cooperation.

Hayden will retire in Feb. 2022.

The mayor has asked St. Louisans for feedback on hiring the city’s next police chief. Citizens are encouraged to fill out an online survey detailing what they want in a police chief. Dan Isom, the city’s interim public safety director and former police chief, will lead the search for Hayden’s successor.

Former Mayor Lyda Krewson named Hayden police chief on Dec. 28, 2017, after Sam Dotson retired. Hayden is the city’s 35th police chief and fourth African American person to hold that post.

Chief Hayden, 58, has worked in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for more than 34 years.