Arradondo makes history as first African American Mpls police chief (video)

Chief Arradondo (Chris Juhn/MSR News)

This morning by a unanimous vote, the Minneapolis City Council confirmed Medaria Arradondo as Minneapolis police chief.

Arradondo, a 28-year veteran, becomes the city’s first African American police chief after serving as interim chief for the last month following the resignation of Chief Janee Harteau.

In a released statement, Mayor Hodges called the confirmation of her nomination of Arradondo “an important step in our ongoing work to transform the relationship our communities have with the police.”

The nomination process for Arradondo included two council committees and a public hearing where community members gave mostly approving remarks. At the public hearing, Arradondo stated that he would need the support of “the rank-and-file [police officers] and community to change the culture and paradigm shift” at the Minneapolis Police Department.

See Chief Arradondo’s confirmation below, courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.


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