Medaria Arradondo set for another 3 years as Minneapolis police chief

Mayor Jacob Frey intends to reappoint him to the position.
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Medaria Arradondo is set for three more years as Minneapolis police chief, with Mayor Jacob Frey announcing his intent to reappoint him until the end of 2021.

Arradondo is currently serving the remainder of the term vacated by former Chief of Police Janee Harteau, who resigned six days after the fatal shooting of Justine Damond by a Minneapolis police officer.

That term was due to expire on January 1, 2019, but Frey wants to keep Arradondo as his police chief, and intends to offer him a full, three-year term that will run till Dec. 31, 2021.

His reappointment will go before the city council's executive committee on Nov. 14, and will require three votes to advance to the full council for final confirmation.

Arradondo was second-in-command before he was promoted to police chief following the Damond shooting in July 2017.

Harteau resigned at the request of former Mayor Betsy Hodges, after it took several days for her to return from a trip to Colorado in the wake of Damond's death.

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Arradondo and Frey have worked closely together since the mayor took office in January, with Frey praising the chief for overseeing a significant drop in crime in Minneapolis during 2018.

His time as chief has also seen him introduce a policy that all officers carry Narcan in response to opioid overdoses. He has also imposed tighter rules on how officers should use body cameras, in an attempt to boost transparency and accountability.

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