Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced his intentions to nominate Janeé Harteau to serve as Minneapolis’ next Chief of Police beginning in 2013, once current chief Tim Dolan retires at the end of the year.
“I am pleased to announce without hesitation that I will nominate Assistant Chief Janeé Harteau to serve as Minneapolis’ next chief of police. For many years, I have seen Janeé Harteau make our city safer, including during some of our toughest crises,” said Rybak. “She is the logical next chief, and will be an exceptional one.”
The mayor will formally nominate Assistant Chief Harteau in January, after Chief Dolan’s retirement becomes effective. The City Council will then begin the process of confirming the nomination.
“I am making this announcement now so that the transition is orderly and so that Assistant Chief Harteau will have several months to meet with and listen to our many internal and external partners as she sets her leadership priorities,” said Rybak.
“I’ve grown up in this department and I am humbled by Mayor Rybak’s confidence in me to be the next police chief,” said Harteau. “It is a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to lead such a talented and dedicated group of men and women. I have the utmost respect for Chief Dolan and am grateful for his mentorship of me and his leadership of our department, which is the foundation that I will build upon.”
If confirmed by the City Council, Harteau, who is of French Canadian and Native American background, will be the first woman to lead the Minneapolis Police Department.
Harteau joined the Minneapolis Police Department as an officer in 1987, at age 22. She has worked on the streets in north, south and downtown Minneapolis, and has served in the narcotics, organized crime and license investigation units, among others. From 2006 to 2009, she served as inspector of the 1st Precinct in downtown Minneapolis, where she advanced public/private partnerships that led to the formalization of the Downtown SafeZone Collaborative and the national recognition Downtown Courtwatch program As 1st Precinct inspector, she also implemented the position of Somali Liaison Officer and improved relations with the Somali community in Cedar-Riverside.
Chief Dolan named Harteau deputy chief of the Patrol Bureau in 2009 and assistant chief in 2011. She is a member of the Major City Chiefs Association, the Police Executive Research Forum and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Her community service includes her current service on the boards of YouthLink, a nonprofit that serves homeless youth, and the Downtown Improvement District, and past service on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Harteau holds a bachelor’s degree in police science and a master’s degree in public safety administration, both from St. Mary’s University. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. She is an instructor at both institutions.
“Janeé Harteau represents the best of the Minneapolis Police Department and the City of Minneapolis. She has risen through the ranks through her integrity and great ability, and she demonstrates our city’s commitment to obliterate all glass ceilings for exceptional people of color and women,” said Council Member Don Samuels, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Health Committee.
Council President Barbara Johnson added, “The fact that Janeé Harteau has been key part of Chief Tim Dolan’s strong management team is reassuring and a strong sign that she will build on his success in making Minneapolis significantly safer.”