MINNEAPOLIS - On Tuesday, the Minneapolis Executive Committee unanimously approved Medaria "Rondo" Arradondo to be the city's next Chief of Police.
A public hearing on the pick is expected to take place Aug. 9 with the nomination expected to be considered by the full Minneapolis City Council on Aug. 18.
Arradondo fielded press questions Monday for the first time since being named Acting Police Chief of Minneapolis. He was joined by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to, they say, outline their vision for public safety and public trust.
"I have deep and complete confidence in acting chief Arradondo," Hodges said. "When you have the caliber of talent, vision, and experience in a leader in the police department, who also has this history in Minneapolis and in this community, who's deeply respected within the department and the community as much as Medaria Arradondo is? You want that person to be your Chief."
Arradondo was born and raised in Minneapolis and has been with the MPD for 28 years. Hodges nominated Arradondo as Chief of Police after the resignation of Janee Harteau at Hodges' request a little more than a week ago. Harteau's resignation followed the high-profile shooting of Justine Damond by an MPD officer.
Arradondo says he plans to focus his energy on three things: culture change, accountability, and outcomes.
Where's the opportunity for change? Arradondo says it's in community trust.
"It's an honor to be in this position but I have 400,000 bosses -- the residents of the city. I'm committed to them. It's up to us to galvanize our folks and regain those pockets of distrust."
If confirmed, Arradondo would become the first African-American police chief in the history of Minneapolis. He would fill a three-year term as Chief of Police, ending Jan. 7, 2019.
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