Female officer may be first top cop for Minneapolis

May 2, 2012 by  

When Tim Dolan steps down as police chief early next year, Minneapolis may have its first female chief heading the force.

Minneapolis Mayor Rybak has nominated Janeé Harteau, current assistant to the chief, to take over as the top cop in January 2013 and if the nomination process goes forward, she’ll make history.

In a press release issued by the mayor’s office, Rybak applauds Harteau as a savvy administrator.

“She is the logical next chief, and will be an exceptional one,” Rybak said, noting that Harteau was promoted to assistant chief in 2011.

Historically, Minneapolis chiefs of police have been Caucasian and male. As nominee for office, Harteau is, most obviously, female but is also of aboriginal descent. She joined the Minneapolis police force at the age of 22. Since 1987, she has worked in several departments of the service including more dangerous areas such as drugs and organized crime. Of note is her three year term as an inspector where she instituted a liaison program for Somali officers. In 1990 she was featured in a television program about female police officers.

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Harteau issued a statement and said that she is humbled by the nomination and that she has very high regard for outgoing Chief Dolan.

“It would be a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to lead such a talented and dedicated group of men and women,” Harteau said.

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