Florissant Police Chief William Karabas Announces Retirement

Karabas will step down at the end of this year after more than 50 years of public service.

Chief William Karabas has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2012.

In a press release issued by Mayor Tom Schneider’s office Wednesday, Karabas has decided to retire Dec. 31, 2012.

“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 press release stated.

Karabas has worked as a police officer for more than 50 years, including 11 years with the . He’s also served as police chief of the City of Brentwood, Cool Valley and the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

We’ll have more information on the retirement Thursday morning.


John Lowerys August 01, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Tim Lowery will be chief like we all thought . It was cute when he was in grade school got in trouble had to sit in police dispatch office till dad got off work that was how he was punished. Never did get any thing from the limo thing a few years back
Maria Jansen August 01, 2012 at 09:55 PM
We will miss this wonderful chief. It will be tough, if not impossible to find an equal replacement. God bless you in your retirement!
mcleavy August 01, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Our Police Chief will be missed and I am sure his replacement will do a great job! Thank you Chief for your hard work!
Karen McKay August 02, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Florissant Police Chief Bill Karabas is one of the finest men I have ever known. Best wishes Bill for a job well done!
K Smith August 06, 2012 at 04:56 AM
We are glad that he is retiring. Chief Karabas ignored our call for just a police report for a stolen package by the perpetrator's grown daughter of child abuse to our 4 children. IT took 8 months to just get a police report which Sgt. Biermann never brought her in for questioning allowing the statute to expire. Unfortuntately, Chief Karabas didn't think it was important either. He told us "What do you want me to do about it?" This department is very negligent toward criminal investigations and didn't even do an investigation for substantiated child abuse to 4 children over a 4 year period verified by the pediatrician, psychologist, forensic psychiatrist, special education records. No interviews done, the doctor never called,no police reports for any of these crimes. The publice needs to know this and the Police MUST be held accountable and do their jobs. Our children have life-long injuries and the police just ignored and swept all this under the rug despited and laughed about what was done to our family.


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