Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo has taken himself out of the running for the police chief job in San Jose, California.
Arradondo was one of six finalists for the job and the only out-of-state finalist, according to the city of San Jose.
Arradondo had not had any “formal discussions" with officials in San Jose, according to MPD spokesperson John Elder. Arradondo’s resume had been submitted for the position by a recruiter.
In a statement earlier this week, Elder said Arradondo remained “committed to the public safety of the residents and businesses of Minneapolis and continuing the important MPD transformational change in the spirit of healing and moving our city forward in collaboration with our communities.”
But Arradondo has now requested his name be removed from the pool of candidates in the search for San Jose’s police chief, Elder said in a Tuesday statement.
“While humbled and honored to be considered, Chief Arradondo wishes to thank San Jose city officials, the recruitment firm and mostly the people of San Jose for the kind and gracious invitation to participate in their upcoming process,” the statement read.
“However as Chief Arradondo indicated upon the information being made public, he remains committed to our city’s public safety and work to enact transformational change here in Minneapolis. Chief Arradondo at this time has respectfully requested to have his name withdrawn from consideration for the San Jose Chief search process.”
Arradondo faced mounting challenges at his department over the past year, including international scrutiny after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, rising violent crime and increased officer attrition.
Three Minneapolis City Council members also recently announced plans to introduce a charter amendment that would remove MPD as the standalone department in the city’s charter and establish a new department of public safety.
The amendment could make its way to the Nov. 2 ballot this year.