Minneapolis is a step closer to having its next police chief

A committee approved Medaria Arradondo on Tuesday.
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Interim Police Chief Medaria Arradondo is a step closer to becoming chief. 

Minneapolis' executive committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Arrandondo – who goes by the nickname "Rondo" – as the next chief of the Minneapolis Police Department.

It's the first step in the confirmation process. Next up is a public hearing, where residents will be able to weigh in on the pick.

Mayor Betsy Hodges, who nominated Arrandondo to be the next chief, calls him a "skilled communicator who is respected" both within the department and outside. 

"He's got a long track record of building lasting relationships in neighborhoods across the city, and has earned the kind of trust that only comes from honest, genuine engagement with communities," Hodges said in a statement.

If Arrandondo ends up being confirmed, he'll finish former Chief Janeé Harteau's term, which goes until January 2019. Harteau resigned following last month's fatal shooting of Justine Damond by a Minneapolis officer. 

Rondo's plan for the future

At a news conference Monday, Arrandondo said he's "humbled and honored" by the opportunity to lead the Minneapolis Police Department.

Arrandondo vowed to focus on three main areas in the future: culture change, accountability, and outcomes – both as a police chief, and how communities measure outcomes from the department. 

He also said he'd increase communication and transparency, both within the department and publicly. One way he's planning to do that is by posting data about police contacts involving suspicious person stops, suspicious vehicle stops, vehicle searches, curfew, and truancy on MPD's website

"There certainly have been areas of our community where the trust has been shaken," Arradondo said. 

"We will not recoil, we will not withdraw from our obligation to protect and serve. We will look at challenges as opportunities. And we will see that sometimes conflict and tension can be opportunities to help make us do a better job. ... That's certainly part of the vision I have moving forward," he said. 

You can watch the full news conference below. 

For more on Arrandondo and his history with the Minneapolis Police Department, check out this Star Tribune story or the department's website here

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