MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak formally nominated the current assistant chief of the Minneapolis Police Department to succeed Tim Dolan after his retirement.

Rybak said Janeé Harteau “has proven her readiness to build on Chief Dolan’s success in making Minneapolis a safe place to call home and to lead this critically important department to even greater accomplishments.”

If she is confirmed, Harteau would become the first female chief of police in the city’s history.

Dolan is set to retire after being with the city police department since 1983. He previously worked in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy.

The City Council will deliberate on whether to confirm her nomination following a public hearing. They are expected to vote on her confirmation on Nov. 30. If she’s confirmed, Harteau would be formally sworn in on Dec. 4.

“For many years, I have seen Janeé Harteau make our city safer, including during some of our toughest crises. She has succeeded at every step: on the street, at the downtown command and in our top administration,” Rybak said months ago after Dolan’s retirement announcement. “She is a smart cop, a savvy administrator and a natural leader. She is the logical next chief, and will be an exceptional one.”


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