Almost one year after stepping into the role as the city of Minneapolis’ first community safety commissioner, Cedric Alexander announced on Thursday, July 20, that he’s retiring in the fall.
Alexander, sworn in on August 8, 2022, was enlisted to build the Office of Community Safety (OCS) and manage the City’s five departments—911, Fire, Emergency Management, Police, and Neighborhood Safety.
“Commissioner Alexander’s career has been defined by a commitment to public safety and public service,” said Mayor Jacob Frey in a statement. “When Minneapolis needed strong leadership and a clear vision, he answered the call. I am grateful for his dedication to our city and his excellent work to curb violent crime and make a comprehensive safety system a reality.
“I am honored to have worked alongside Commissioner Alexander and thank him for his disciplined, inclusive approach to community safety. I’m grateful to call him a friend and will be seeking his guidance well into the future.”
Alexander led Operation Endeavor, a new coordinated effort between law enforcement, businesses, and community organizations to reduce violent crime. He also haired the local safety planning efforts for the summer in Minneapolis, including Operation Swift Summer, which took place the weekend of the Twin Cities Pride Festival and two sold-out Taylor Swift shows that drew hundreds of thousands of people to downtown Minneapolis. The city reported no major incidents.
“During the last year, I’ve worked alongside committed and talented leaders and personnel to strive towards excellence under the direction of Mayor Frey, who directed me to stand up the historic Office of Community Safety,” said Commissioner Alexander. “As Minneapolis moves toward its continued vision for a 21st-century comprehensive safety strategy, I am proud to note the foundation for success has been established.
“This is and continues to be, a beautiful and vibrant city with endless opportunities for all. I am beyond honored to have served this community and have been humbled by the expression of support shown me over the past year.”
Alexander’s last day will be September 1, 2023. Mayor Frey is set to outline a transition plan in the coming weeks.
Look for a future story about Commission Alexander’s retirement in an upcoming edition of the MSR.