Police Chief Dolan announces he will not seek a third term

Police Chief Tim Dolan has announced that he has decided not to seek a third term as police chief when his current term ends in January 2013. Dolan stated that, after serving the people of Minnesota for more than 34 years, he believes it is now time to move on to the next stage of life.

Dolan began his law enforcement career as a Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy in 1978. Dolan has served the Minneapolis Police Department for 29 years, coming to the department in 1983 and serving as chief since 2006. Before becoming chief, Dolan served in numerous command and leadership capacities in nearly every part of the city, including as deputy chief, inspector and commander of the 4th Precinct in North Minneapolis, commander of narcotics, commander of emergency response and director of training.

Dolan will continue his duties as chief until his retirement later this year. 

Dolan stated, “I have lived and/or worked in the City of Minneapolis my entire life.  Every day that I put on the uniform, I consider myself fortunate and honored to work with the finest team I have known.”

Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council members today strongly praised Dolan’s leadership in significantly reducing crime and making Minneapolis dramatically safer.

Mayor Rybak said, “Tim Dolan stepped in as chief in the middle of a public-safety crisis and immediately began to spearhead a significant, multi-year decrease in crime. It wasn’t an accident: we worked closely together for months and years on a series of smart strategies that engaged every community in our city and made every part of Minneapolis dramatically safer.”

Mayor Rybak continued, “Chief Dolan has also been a great innovator on many fronts: in leading effective crime-reduction partnerships with community; in fully partnering in our successful efforts to prevent youth violence; in strengthening Minneapolis’ cutting-edge, data-driven policing that has become a national model under his leadership; and in boldly championing our fight against illegal guns.”

City Council President Barbara Johnson concurred. “The sharp decline in crime that Chief Dolan has led is due in great measure to his outreach and partnerships with residents and communities. On the Northside, where he and I both come from, neighbors have huge confidence in Tim and still call him by his first name. His years of dedicated service to our city and our neighborhoods will be remembered for a very long time.”

Council Member Don Samuels, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Health Committee, added, “Tim Dolan has overseen the most dramatic reduction in violent crime in recent memory. He has accomplished this in the toughest economy, with a combination of strong leadership, technological innovation and breakthrough strategic thinking. The city is a safer place because of Chief Dolan’s excellent service.”

“Chief Dolan is not done: he has much good work left to do, but he deserves our deep thanks and gratitude for his years of exemplary public service and for making Minneapolis a much safer, stronger city,” Mayor Rybak concluded.


Published Apr 26, 2012



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