MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis’ police chief has announced a shuffling in leadership in the city’s five precincts, as well as the creation of a new position.
Chief Janeé Harteau said Tuesday the moves, which will go into effect July 24, are part of what she calls “MPD 2.0.”READ MORE: Ilhan Omar Says She Hung Up On Lauren Boebert After She Refused To Publicly Apologize For 'Islamophobic Comments & Fabricated Lies'
“One of the goals of MPD 2.0 is to improve employee engagement and morale, and with that in mind, I am excited to see what our leaders will bring to their new positions and communities,” Harteau said.
Third Precinct Inspector Michael Sullivan will take over the 1st Precinct; 5th Precinct Inspector Todd Loining will now command the 2nd Precinct; Catherine Johnson, commander of the Special Crimes Investigations Division is promoted the 3rd Precinct Inspector; Inspector Michael Kjos has been official designated as the 4th Precinct’s inspector; and 2nd Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite will now lead the 5th Precinct.
Harteau also announced Tuesday the creation of the Quality Assurance Commander position, which was given to Cmdr. Chris Granger, head of the Violent Crimes Investigations Division.READ MORE: 'He Could Easily Secure Seven-Figure Book Contract': Kyle Rittenhouse Ponders What's Next
“The leader assigned to this role will bring a new level of accountability and oversight to the MPD,” Harteau said.
Granger’s new duties will include overseeing MPDs’ Use of Force policy and reviews, training audits and the department’s Body Worn Camera program.
1st Precinct Lt. Erick Fors will take over Granger’s former role, while Sex Crimes Division head Lt. Melissa Chiodo will be promoted to the commander of the Special Crimes Investigations Division.MORE NEWS: Potential Jurors At Kim Potter's Trial In Daunte Wright's Death Will Go Under Microscope
And Lt. Michael Friestleben, who has led community engagement efforts between MPD and communities in north Minneapolis, has been appointed as head of the Community Engagement Team.