Council to consider police chief appointment at Nov. 30 special meeting

At a Nov. 30 special meeting, the City Council will vote on whether to name Janeé Harteau Minneapolis’ next police chief. Harteau is currently serving as acting police chief. With the official appointment, Harteau would succeed Chief Tim Dolan. Dolan retired after 29 years of service in the Minneapolis Police Department.

Harteau is 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 Nov 21, 2012