City Council Approves Arradondo as Police Chief

August 18, 2017 07:14 PM

By a 12-0 vote, the Minneapolis City Council Friday approved the nomination of Medaria Arradondo to be the city's next police chief.

Arradondo, 50, has been serving as acting chief since July 21, having taken over in the wake of the resignation of former chief Janeé Harteau following the uproar surrounding the fatal shooting of Minneapolis resident Justine Damond by an officer on July 15.

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"I'm humbled and I'm also honored on this day to be before all of you," Arradondo said following the vote. "The community and the wonderful, professional and talented men and women - both sworn and civilian - who make the Minneapolis Police Department truly one of the greatest in the nation."

Get to Know: Acting Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

He becomes the city's first African-American police chief and will serve out the remainder of Harteau's term, which runs through January of 2019.

"I stand on the shoulders of the heroes and sheroes whose trials, tribulations, struggles and fights have allowed me and others to be at the place and have the opportunities I do today," he said.

Arradondo is a 28-year veteran of the city's police force, who has worked as an investigator in internal affairs and as the 1st Precinct Inspector.

"I'm short, bald and ready to take up the task," he joked.

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges told the Council that Arradondo is a person who will pay attention to the concerns of the community.

"He leads by listening," Hodges said. "Many leaders lead by talking. Rondo leads by listening."

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