Janee Harteau sworn in as police chief
With family, friends, coworkers and elected officials looking on, Janeé Harteau was sworn in as Minneapolis police chief Dec. 4. With her appointment, Harteau becomes the City’s 52nd police chief since the department’s inception in 1867. Harteau is the first woman to lead the department, and one of only two women serving as police chief in America’s large cities.
In her inaugural address, Harteau described what kind of chief she will be: “I believe in top-down accountability. I believe that leadership is a series of actions, not simply a position. I believe in leading from the front and leading by example. I will always stand up and do what’s right even if I stand alone.”
The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously on Harteau’s appointment at a special meeting held Nov. 30.
Harteau, who had been serving as acting police chief, succeeds Chief Tim Dolan who retired after 29 years of service in the department. From Dec. 1, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013, Harteau will serve as Acting Chief as she completes the final month of the term of former Chief Tim Dolan, whose retirement was effective Nov. 30. She will begin her three-year term as chief on Jan. 2, 2013.
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.
Harteau holds a bachelor’s degree in Police Science and a master’s degree in Public Safety Administration, both from St. Mary’s University. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. She is an instructor at both institutions.
Published Dec. 5, 2012