Mayor Rybak nominates Janeé Harteau as Police Chief

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak formally nominated Assistant Police Chief Janeé Harteau to be the next police chief of Minneapolis at today’s City Council Executive Committee meeting. The next step in the process will occur Nov. 7 when the Executive Committee refers the nomination to the Public Safety committee for a public hearing on Nov. 28.

Following the Public Safety committee hearing, the nomination will be forwarded to the full City Council for a vote. The City Council will hold a special meeting to consider the appointment on Nov. 30.  

Mayor Rybak has asked for approval of Harteau’s nomination to both complete the unexpired term of Chief Tim Dolan — who is retiring one month earlier than originally announced — from Dec. 2, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013, and to a full three-year term to begin Jan. 2, 2013.

With Council approval, Harteau could begin serving as police chief in December. Harteau’s appointment would mean she would become the first woman to lead the Minneapolis Police Department, and one of only two women serving as police chief in America’s large cities.

Harteau joined the Minneapolis Police force as an officer in 1987. She has worked on the street in north, south and downtown Minneapolis, and has served in the narcotics, organized crime and license investigation units, among others.

From 2006 – 2009, Harteau led the 1st Precinct in downtown Minneapolis, where she helped launch public/private partnerships that led to the very successful Downtown SafeZone Collaborative and Downtown Courtwatch program. In the same role, she also helped dramatically improve relations with the Cedar-Riverside Somali community and started the position of Somali Liaison Officer.


Published Oct 24, 2012



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