Minneapolis Police Department Chief Tim Dolan today announced a handful of new appointments and changes to his command staff.
The retirement of Deputy Chief Valerie Wurster spurred the changes, which are effective Sept. 1. Wurster joined the MPD in 1981 and, through a series of promotions, became the first African American woman to serve as deputy chief in the department’s history.
Wurster commanded the Investigations Bureau since 2006. She recently received the Minnesota Association of Women Police Heritage Award, the department reported.
Deputy Chief Robert Allen, who currently heads the Patrol Bureau, will take over command of the Investigations Bureau from Wurster. A former 1st Precinct inspector, Allen joined the department in 1989 and was named deputy chief in 2006.
Current 1st Precinct Insp. Janeé Harteau will become a deputy chief and move into Allen’s spot leading the Patrol Bureau. Harteau joined the department as a patrol officer in 1987 and previously headed the MPD’s Crime Lab and Licensing Bureau.
Fifth Precinct Insp. Kristine Arneson will move from Southwest to Downtown, taking over as 1st Precinct Inspector. Arneson’s first year as a patrol officer in Minneapolis was in 1986, and she was permanently assigned to her current position in 2005.
Lt. Eddie Frizell will be promoted to inspector and move into Arneson’s former position leading Southwest’s 5th Precinct. Frizell joined the department as a cadet in 1993 and most recently served as commander of the Police Academy.