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Mayor Hodges nominates Janeé Harteau for 2nd term as Mpls. police chief

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Mayor Betsy Hodges has confirmed she is nominating Minneapolis police chief Janeé Harteau to retain her position when her three-year term comes to an end this December.

The mayor said she planned to reveal her picks for department heads later this fall, but released her renomination of Harteau early in response to "speculation" regarding the chief's future.

"I am announcing today that I will forward her name to the Executive Committee for renomination, and that Chief Harteau has accepted," the Mayor said in a news release.

"The Chief’s vision for the department and the community is strong, and we share the goal of transforming public safety for the 21st century for the benefit of our City," she added. "I thank the Chief for her willingness to continue serving; her leadership is important in moving this work forward. I am grateful that she has accepted."

The Star Tribune reports the speculation to which Hodges referred were rumors within City Hall that she wanted to replace Harteau, who was appointed in 2012 by former Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Harteau's nomination will be put before the city's Executive Committee, which will have the decision on whether to make the appointment. This decision will then need to be confirmed by the full City Council.

Her potential re-appointment comes after a recent spike in violent crime, which was up 8 percent in Hennepin County in the first half of 2015. However, most of the rise came in suburban areas, with Minneapolis alone seeing a 2.5 percent increase.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Harteau said she is "pleased and honored" by the Mayor's decision to renominate her.

"Together we have made tremendous progress in improving public safety, public trust and transparency," she said. "I am proud to have the opportunity to continue to lead such a professional and committed department and I am excited to see how we will build upon our recent successes."

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