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Florissant Chief Prepares to Step Down, City Gets Ready for New Leader

While the process gets underway, several have already commended Chief William Karabas for a job well done in Florissant.

With Wednesday’s announcement of , the next step for the leader of the Florissant police force has yet to be announced.

Mayor Tom Schneider said Wednesday afternoon to “stay tuned” for more details but said it would not be long until more information is revealed.

Chief Karabas will be retiring after 50 years of public service as a police officer, including 11 years with the

According to a press release issued by the mayor’s office Wednesday, Chief Karabas is credited with bringing the Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to the city as well as the state and for creating the St. Louis County Emergency Management System, which will enable coordinated radio communications between first responders. The system will be established in 2014.

The chief’s retirement will be effective Dec. 31, 2012, but he’s already received an outpouring of support from officials and residents.

“On behalf of the City Council and the Citizens of Florissant Mayor Schneider would like to express our gratitude for a job well done and wish Chief Karabas continued good health and happiness in his well deserved retirement,” the mayor said in the press release.

“Florissant Police Chief Bill Karabas is one of the finest men I have ever known,” former Councilwoman Karen McKay wrote on an earlier Patch article. “Best wishes Bill for a job well done!”

Resident Maria Jansen wrote, “We will miss this wonderful chief. It will be tough, if not impossible to find an equal replacement. God bless you in your retirement!”

Mayor Schneider said that residents can expect a number of toasts and roasts for the police chief as he prepares to step down from his post.

Who do you think will be the next police chief?

Vicki Simington August 02, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Wonder who the new Chief will be?
Mark Behlmann August 02, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I heard last week from a contractor friend of mine that the new mayor was quoted saying that the current chief was too OLD for the job. As a business owner my friend felt that statement would be grounds for a age discrimination case against the city. Mayor needs to watch out for who he makes statements to, could easily come back and harm the city. Congratulations Chief Bill, you deserved much better.
stacey August 03, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Congrats to Chief Karabas!! Job well done, and you'll be missed & respected forever!! Not being rude Mark, but have you confronted the Mayor on that accusation? I know it's not my business, well it wasn't, now you made it everyone's business by posting that. It's hearsay whether it was from a reliable source or not. The Mayor has known for a long time now that the chief was leaving, so it also doesn't make sence. I just wanted to say that sometimes confronting the person vs. putting them on blast online is much more respectable. Maybe have the business owner talk to the Mayor, and let him know he didn't like that comment (if it was made). Hoping the Mayor has an open door policy, if not he should. Thanks :)

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