Rybak selects Harteau to be next police chief

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April 23, 2012 // UPDATED 3:04 pm - April 30, 2012
By: Nick Halter
Nick Halter
Mayor R.T. Rybak today announced that he will nominate Janeé Harteau to take over as Minneapolis Police Chief after Tim Dolan retires in December.

Harteau is a 25-year veteran of the Police Department. She is currently serving as assistant police chief, but previously served as an officer and the inspector of the Police Department’s First Precinct, which covers Downtown.

Harteau, if confirmed by the City Council, would become the first-ever woman to serve as Minneapolis Police Chief. She has a French Canadian and Native American background.

 “She is a smart cop, a savvy administrator and a natural leader. She is the logical next chief, and will be an exceptional one,” Rybak said in a statement.

Harteau won’t be appointed until January, allowing several months for the transition. Dolan announced his retirement last week.

“The fact that Janeé Harteau has been key part of Chief Tim Dolan’s strong management team is reassuring and a strong sign that she will build on his success in making Minneapolis significantly safer,” Council President Barb Johnson said in a statement.

Council Member Don Samuels, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Health Committee, praised Rybak’s choice.

“Janeé Harteau represents the best of the Minneapolis Police Department and the city of Minneapolis. She has risen through the ranks through her integrity and great ability, and she demonstrates our city’s commitment to obliterate all glass ceilings for exceptional people of color and women,” he said in a statement.