MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police Chief Madaria Arradondo has announced a leadership change for Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct just days after an uproar over decorations on a Christmas tree at the station.
Chief Arradondo is replacing Aaron Biard with Assistant Chief Mike Kjos. Though Arradondo says the decision was made after “very thoughtful review and consideration,” a statement he released Monday does not specify why he opted to replace Biard.READ MORE: Suspect Who Fatally Shot K-9 Officer Dies, Duluth Standoff Ends
Kjos formerly worked in the precinct as an inspector. Chief Arradondo says Kjos will serve in the leadership capacity until a decision is made on the next inspector.Police: 15-Year-Old Carjacking Suspect Arrested In St. Paul
Last week, community members were outraged by a Christmas tree in the precinct’s lobby.
They say the tree was decorated with insensitive objects as ornaments, including menthol cigarette packs, cans of malt liquor and crime scene tape.MORE NEWS: 1 Killed In Acton Township Shooting
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey supports Chief Arradondo’s decision, saying “it reflects his resolve to make meaningful change.”