Police Union President Calls Harteau's Resignation 'Right Move'

July 21, 2017 09:23 PM

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of union representing Minneapolis police officers, called the resignation of Police Chief Janee Harteau, "the right move."

"When Chief Harteau took over the department had high hopes and thought good things were to come," he said. "I believe within the first six months we knew that would not be the case."

Kroll said in an interview that officers are "extremely overjoyed that she is gone."

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Kroll claimed Harteau managed the department through fear and intimidation.

"She did not want to let effective management of the organization interfere with her ability to fulfill personal vendettas," he said.  

Kroll added he feels the number of incidents, including the recent shooting of Justine Damond, that occurred under Harteau's leadership overshadows the work of the rest of the department.

"We've had a couple setbacks in the past week or two, and those things will be worked out in the long run," Kroll said. "But that doesn't change the excellent police service (residents) have received."

Exactly 45 minutes after Harteau's resignation was announced, Mayor Betsy Hodges announced that she will nominate Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to serve a chief of police. Kroll said he welcomed the nomination of Arradondo.

"He is a reasonable person and easy to get along with and believe he will make good decisions," Kroll said.

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