MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis City Council Public Safety Committee has voted unanimously to recommend Medaria Arradondo for Minneapolis Police Chief.
The vote Wednesday followed a public hearing for the position vacated by Janee Harteau, who resigned at Mayor Betsy Hodges' request following the fatal officer-involved shooting of Justine Damond.
The committee heard nearly two hours of public comments from a broad cross-section of community members, who overwhelmingly supported Arradondo. Many speakers warned that Arradondo can't change the department's culture without strong backup from the council.
"As a youth worker, I am proud to say, "Thank you, Rondo, for what you've already done and I look forward to seeing what else you can do," said Terrell Lewis of Minneapolis.
Acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has led the Minneapolis Police Department for the last three weeks since the resignation of Janee Harteau.
"Because of his relationship with the community and because he is well liked in the department, that he is one person who can bridge that gap," one woman said.
Besides members of the community, multiple officers from MPD and other Departments stood up in support.
"I don't think there's been a chief here in the last 30 years who's been as engrained and rooted in the city of Minneapolis," said Lt. Anthony Hines of Metro Transit Police, who also represents the National Black Police Association.
"I've seen him in action with the public. I've seen him in community meetings reaching out. He's a consensus builder," said Lt. Rick Zimmerman, a long-time MPD veteran leading the homicide department.
There were some people who spoke about the historic nature of the appointment, as Arradondo would be the first black police chief in Minneapolis.
And at the end of the public hearing, the public safety committee members each praised Rondo before voting unanimously to recommend his appointment.
The full Minneapolis City Council is expected to vote on the recommendation Aug. 18. If approved, Arradondo would be the first African-American police chief in Minneapolis.
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