Janeé Harteau's history with Minneapolis police and Betsy Hodges

Harteau has been with MPD since 1987 – but she and Hodges' relationship seemed strained.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Following the abrupt resignation of Police Chief Janeé Harteau Friday, we get you caught up on her career with Minneapolis police, and her relationship with the mayor.

Harteau has a storied place in Minneapolis history, becoming the first woman and first openly gay individual to become chief of the police department. She was sworn in to her first term on Dec. 4, 2012, after a short stint as acting chief to replace the retiring Tim Dolan.

Harteau won unanimous approval from the city council – of which now-Mayor Betsy Hodges was a member at the time. Harteau was first nominated for the position by former Mayor R.T. Rybak, then was nominated for reappointment by Hodges in September of 2015.

Harteau had a long career with MPD, joining as an officer in 1987 when she was 22 years old, working her way from covering the streets, to 1 Precinct investigator in 2006, to eventually becoming chief.

The strained relationship

Despite the rise up the ranks and notable accomplishments, she and Mayor Hodges never seemed to get on the same page.

A U.S. Department of Justice review zeroed in on poor communication between Harteau and Hodges as one of the main hindrances in the city’s response to the Jamar Clark protests.

Then in April of this year, their simmering rift became very public over the nomination of a former police union head – whom Hodges clashed with in years past – to lead the 4 Precinct. As texts obtained by the Star Tribune show, Hodges appeared to be furious Harteau didn’t clear the pick with her first. The mayor eventually stepped in and nullified Harteau’s choice, a decision which the chief described as disappointing.

Afterward, the two appeared together at a news conference and promised to work together more effectively going forward.

Harteau this week faced criticism from the community for being absent in the days following the shooting of Justine Damond. She told reporters Thursday, in her first live comments since the incident, she had been on a backpacking trip in a remote area, The Associated Press reported.

Next Up

Jaden McDaniels

Wolves lose to Magic on Cole Anthony's buzzer-beater

The Wolves blew a 20-point lead as the Magic defeated the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

J.A. Happ

Twins sign veteran J.A. Happ to add to the rotation

The left-hander will get a one-year, $8 million deal from the Twins.

storm the capitol rally st. paul minnesota state capitol

BCA finds 'no criminal wrongdoing' among those at 'Storm the Capitol' rally

Inflammatory comments were made by speakers, but no charges will be brought.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 12.27.04 PM

Man's vehicles crushed by hit-and-run driver weren't fully insured

The goal is to raise $25,000 to help the south Minneapolis resident.

Joe Biden

Key points from Joe Biden's first speech as POTUS

The 46th president called for unity at a time America is facing huge challenges.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 20

The 111 ICU patients is the fewest in Minnesota since there were 109 COVID patients in intensive care on Oct. 1.

Klobuchar

Here's what Amy Klobuchar said at Joe Biden's inauguration

The Minnesota senator was one of the leader organizers of the inauguration.

covid-19, vaccine

All of this week's COVID vaccine pilot program appointments are filled

Nearly 6,000 Minnesotans who are 65 and older registered for appointments between noon Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Lane kueng thao chauvin

Osterholm affidavit ahead of George Floyd trial warns of COVID worsening in March

Prosecutors want to delay the Chauvin trial due to a public health threat.

Related

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigns

The moves comes at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges.

The history between the Minneapolis mayor and the Lt. she rejected for a new position

Remember #pointergate? Mayor Hodges and Lt. Delmonico have crossed paths publicly before.

More Democrats line up to challenge Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

Betsy Hodges was elected as a Democrat. All three people that have said they'll run against her in 2017 are also doing so as Democrats.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges: 'I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse'

Betsy Hodges appeared on the Facebook page for the group Break the Silence Day.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she's not done yet, will run for re-election

She's made challenging police policies part of her platform – but been criticized for not enough progress.

Betsy Hodges' next move? Harvard's Institute of Politics

Here's what she'll be doing at the university's Institute of Politics.