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Frey announces new Minneapolis Fire Department Chief nominee

Assistant Chief Bryan Tyner will take over, following the current chief's retirement
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will on Tuesday nominate Minneapolis Fire Department Assistant Chief Bryan Tyner to lead the department, his office announced Monday. 

Tyner, a MFD veteran of 25 years, worked his way through the ranks after starting as a firefighter in 1995. If approved, he will be taking over following John Fruetel's retirement - after 41 years with the department, including eight as chief - this month. 

Tyner, who as previously served as President of the Minneapolis African American Professional Firefighters Association, will become the department's second Black chief. 

“It would be my distinct honor to serve this community as its next Fire Chief,” Tyner said in the city press release. “I intend to lead this organization into the future with integrity, honesty, and fairness.”

In his leadership roles, Tyner has revamped safety programming, played a "pivotal role" in improving inclusive hiring practices and has done outreach with Minneapolis Public Schools, according to the press release. 

“Bryan has seen our city at its best and helped lead the department through some of Minneapolis’ most challenging moments. He will know how to handle whatever comes across his desk," Frey said. His dedication to our city is beyond reproach, and I know that he will lead this department with integrity.”

After Frey nominates Tyner during the executive committee meeting Tuesday, the nomination goes to the public health and safety committee before going to a full vote from the City Council at its Dec. 4 meeting. 

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