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City Council approves police chief nomination

Medaria Arradondo has served as acting chief since July 21

Aug. 18, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Today, the City Council unanimously approved Mayor Betsy Hodges’ nomination for the City’s next police chief. Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo, who has served as acting chief since July 21, will now officially take on that position.

“Today is a big day for Minneapolis,” Hodges said. “Today, we are asking a child of Minneapolis, of the Southside, for the last 28 years an officer who has risen the ranks of our department, to take on the top job in our police department. This is a great challenge, and a great opportunity. We are asking him to take on the top job at an unprecedented time, and I’m confident that he’s ready to serve in this powerful moment of transformation. I look forward to the great work we’re going to do together for people Minneapolis.”

“I’ve known Rondo since I began my time here at City Hall and found him to be thoughtful, calm, and helpful,” said City Council President Barbara Johnson. “He’s a strong person and will be a great chief for the Minneapolis Police Department.”

"Public safety is a top priority for Minneapolis, and my hope is that Rondo will strengthen the Police Department's relations with the people they serve," said Council Member Blong Yang, who chairs the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Emergency Management committee. "He is well respected in the community and among his fellow officers. I welcome this historic change in MPD leadership."

Arradondo joined MPD in 1989 as a patrol officer in the 3rd Precinct. He has served as a school resource officer and a northside beat officer. He also has internal affairs and property-crime investigation experience. Arradondo has served as 1st Precinct inspector, deputy chief and chief of staff. He will now become the City’s first African American police chief.



Published Aug 18, 2017



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