MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis has a new fire department chief.

Mayor R.T. Rybak hailed the City Council’s unanimous confirmation Friday of John Fruetel as the city’s next fire department chief.

“John Fruetel is the right leader for this department,” Rybak said. “There is also no one more skilled in emergency response: from the collapse of the 35W bridge to the 2011 tornado in North Minneapolis, Chief Fruetel has been there for the residents of Minneapolis in tough times.”

Fruetel – pronounced: FREE-tel – said he felt honored to be confirmed as the city’s fire chief, adding that he has dreamed about the job since he was a boy.

“I am ready to address the challenges we face and eager to get back to leading this great department and serving the residents of Minneapolis,” Fruetel said.

Fruetel began his firefighting career when he joined the Minneapolis Fire Department in the 1979. In 2010, he began work in Minneapolis’ Emergency Management Division, where he was responsible for the Training Needs Assessment Program.

Comments (7)
  1. Add another says:

    Excellent. Add another to the roles.

  2. Organize Pride says:

    Another example of white, male heterosexual privelege at work in City Hall. Rybak has done everytihing possible to keep GLBT individuals out of positions of authoriity and power.

    1. MilitantGLBT says:

      What are you talking about? You obviously do not work for the city. Minneapolis has a very diverse workforce. White males are at a disadvantage when applying for city jobs. Their is no preference points for being Caucasian. I guess you want another check box on city application for sexual orientation, right?? and give more preference points….

    2. not sure here says:

      No I think it is just that GLBT just isn’t acceptable to tha average citizen.

    3. Sappho says:

      The appropriate term is LGBT. I’m sick and tired of gender discrimination.

  3. John says:

    We need a transgender, bipoloar, vegetarion to reflect the demographics of the city.

  4. 3rd Gen MPLS says:

    les had it, blew it. Good to see a good man get it

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