Mayor Jacob Frey confirms three finalists considered for MPD chief’s job

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The search for the new Minneapolis Chief of Police has been narrowed down to three candidates.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first reported Wednesday night the search committee forwarded three finalists to Mayor Jacob Frey to fill the vacancy for Minneapolis Chief of Police.

The reported those finalists are: Southfield Michigan Police Chief, Elvin Bratten, former Charlottesville, Virginia Police Chief, Dr. RaShall Brackney and Newark, New Jersey Deputy Mayor in charge of police initiatives, Brian O’Hara.

Wednesday, Mayor Frey confirmed those were the three finalists for the MPD Chief of Police position.   The Mayor is expected to meet with the candidates in Minneapolis starting this Friday.

Hamline University Professor, Dr. Michael Lansing, said the selection of the new MPD Chief will be “intensely political.”

“That choice of a police chief matters greatly to the people in the community, to politicians, to movers and shakers in the city — it’s a significant appointment,” said Lansing.

Mayor Frey has said the final decision will be made in collaboration with his newly appointed Commissioner of Community Safety, Dr. Cedric Alexander.

Once a finalist is picked, the choice will be sent to the Minneapolis City Council for approval.