Assistant Chief Harteau to be nominated as next Police Chief

Mayor R. T. Rybak has announced that he intends to nominate Assistant Chief Janeé Harteau to serve as Minneapolis’ next chief of police beginning in 2013, following the retirement of Chief Tim Dolan at the end of 2012.

Assistant Chief 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.

Chief Dolan named Harteau deputy chief of the Patrol Bureau in 2009 and assistant chief in 2010.

Harteau’s community service includes work on the boards of YouthLink, a nonprofit that serves homeless youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Downtown Improvement District and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The formal process to nominate Harteau would occur in January 2013, after Chief Dolan’s retirement becomes effective. If the City Council confirms Harteau’s nomination, 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.

Published May 1, 2012