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Ousted Minneapolis police chief starts new career as a consultant

She'll be relying on her experiences in leadership and public speaking

Within a month of her fall, the former police chief of Minneapolis seems to have found her second act – as a consultant and motivational speaker.

Janeé Harteau is now advertising a consulting service on a new website (aptly named that promotes her achievements in law enforcement ­– including her stint as the first female police chief of Minneapolis.

Harteau, the website says, is “no stranger to controversy and crisis, having led the Minneapolis Police Department through transformational change during some of the most politically charged, and turbulent times in recent history.”

Indeed, Harteau’s time at the top was marked by turmoil, including the shootings of Jamar Clark and Justine Damond, and numerous political conflicts (such as the chief’s public feud with Mayor Betsy Hodges over the promotion of a controversial police lieutenant).

Ultimately, it was fallout over July’s Damond shooting that led to Harteau’s ouster. She was forced to resign amid criticism that she took too long to return from a personal vacation to handle the crisis.

Somewhat ironically, Mayor Betsy Hodges is now under criticism for similar reasons, following the revelation that she left Minneapolis to attend a Los Angeles political fundraiser during the Damond crisis.

Harteau’s new lease on life

Despite the way her career ended, the former chief is using what she’s learned to help her clients build stronger teams and better workplaces.

According to her website, her “coaching” services cover topics like leadership development, police reform, “organizational cultural change,” and “resiliency training.”

The website also touts her public speaking skills, describing her as a “dynamic speaker” who discusses “the daily challenges of leadership, being a mom and living through unprecedented turbulent times.”

Her talks "will leave you feeling inspired and motivated with a road map to achieving your potential to be the best that you can be,” the site promises.

In case you still weren’t sure, all of Harteau’s accomplishments and accolades are listed, including the time Fortune Magazine named her one of the world’s “50 Greatest Leaders.”

Harteau is also an assistant professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she teaches police leadership courses. 

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