Harteau breaks ground as city’s first female police chief

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December 5, 2012 by Sarah M

Janeé Harteau was officially sworn in today, becoming the city’s first female police chief.

Harteau’s daughter, Lauren, 13, pinned the chief’s new badge on her uniform during the ceremony in the City Hall Rotunda. For a video of the event, click here.

(Photo courtesy City of Minneapolis)

(Photo courtesy City of Minneapolis)

Mayor R.T. Rybak called Harteau someone who is willing to listen to many different perspectives.

“She will be tough and she will be compassionate. That’s the person that I’ve come to know and believe we can count on every day,” he said. “Today, we have chosen a person to lead our department who at every step of the way — walking through this department on the streets and in the corridors of power — has shown that our new top cop is a real top cop.”

Harteau said she believes in “leading from the front and leading by example.”

“I will always stand up and do what I believe is right — even when I stand alone,” she said.

Harteau is the city’s 52nd police chief. She is a 25-year veteran of the department and has served as assistant police chief and inspector of the city’s 1st Precinct.

— Sarah McKenzie 


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