Harrington named new transit police chief

John Harrington, a former St. Paul police chief who retired after just one two-year stint as a DFL state senator, will become the new chief of police that enforces the law on Metro Transit buses, light rail and commuter rail. He'll oversee law enforcement on a rapidly growing network of light rail and bus transit in the Twin Cities.
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A veteran police commander with a political resume was named Monday to oversee law enforcement on a rapidly growing network of light rail and bus transit in the Twin Cities, the Star Tribune reports.

John Harrington, a retiring DFL state senator and former police chief in St. Paul, has been chosen for the job.

Harrington will start Sept. 4, the Pioneer Press reports. His predecessor, Dave Indrehus, retired in January.

Harrington quit his job as a DFL state senator after one two-year term, after quickly becoming frustrated with politics, the Pioneer Press reported.

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