Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced yesterday, via a press conference, that he will not seek a third term as head of the MPD. He will retire next month.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he will announce his choice for interim chief this week.
“First and foremost I want to give my immense thanks to the sworn and civilian members of the MPD for their dedicated service. They have served under the most challenging times I our recent history,” said Arradondo. He also thanked Frey for his support and leadership.
“It has been such an honor and humbling privilege to be your public servant for the past 32 years and the past 4.5 as your chief. Thank you to the elders for wisdom, your guidance, your prayers, your honest feedback and your invaluable history lessons,” he said.
Arradondo said that he has seen and heard Minneapolis’ young people over the years. “You must continue to be at the table and leading discussions on how we as city can build bridges and create real sustainable progress between Minneapolis Police Department and our young people,” he said.
“After 32 years, I believe that now is the right time to allow for new leadership, new perspective, new focus and new hope to lead the department forward in collaboration with our communities. I am confident that MPD has the leadership in place to advance this critically important work,” Arradondo said.
A fifth-generation Minnesota resident, Arradondo joined the MPD in 1989 as a patrol officer in North Minneapolis’ Fourth Precinct and worked his way up through the police ranks until he was named the inspector for the First Precinct. In 2007, he and four other African-American officers sued the department alleging discrimination in promotions, pay, and discipline. The lawsuit was settled by the city for $740,000, and in December 2012 Arradondo was promoted to head of the Internal Affairs Unit responsible for investigation of allegations of officer misconduct.
Arradondo was a Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief before being nominated as Minneapolis's new Chief of Police by then Minneapolis Mayor Betsey Hodges.