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City council appoints Minneapolis’ first female, openly gay police chief

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Minneapolis city council on Friday confirmed 25-year veteran officer Janee Harteau as the city’s new Chief of Police, and in doing so Harteau becomes the first woman and first openly gay officer to serve as police chief.

The council voted 11-0 to confirm Harteau, 48, after council members and Mayor R.T. Rybak gushed praise for the new chief.

Janee Harteau

“I love the fact that we will have a chief who has worked her way up,” said Rybak, who officially nominated Harteau to become the city’s next chief of police. “She’s a smart cop, a savvy administrator and a natural leader,” he said.

As for the precedent of having a female, openly gay police chief, Harteau said it wasn’t personally significant.

“For others it might be,” Harteau said. “And if I can be a role model … I want people to see that you can achieve things despite some obstacles in your way. I stand on my merits on how I got here. I’ve been given tremendous opportunity.”

Harteu and her partner, Sgt. Holly Keegel, also a Minneapolis police officer, are parents to a 13-year-old daughter.

The couple shared a squad car as patrol officers together in their earlier years on the force, writing two small books on safety issues, and were sometimes referred to as “Cagney & Lacey,” after the characters from a 1980s television police series, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The formal swearing-in ceremony is to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at City Hall.

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  1. fuckin’ awesome

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:17am
  2. this is disgusting. ftp.

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:17am
  3. AWESOME is correct!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!! Moving right along!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:22am
  4. Nez, keep your hate to yourself!!!!! No need for that here……..

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:23am
  5. This is great

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:33am
  6. AWESOME….love it!

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:33am
  7. Laurie, I think that Nez meant Fuck The Police (ftp). I don’t think it was intended to offend any person’s sexuality.

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:35am
  8. amen!

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:43am
  9. So awesome!

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:44am
  10. Thanks Katie for clarification! Sorry……

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:44am
  11. Congratulations Janee!!!!! You go girl!!!!!!!!! :-)

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:55am
  12. This is great!! Congrats to the officer!!!! Finally.. People are becoming a little more open-minded.. :)

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2:48am
  13. excellent news.. hope she’s good

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:05am
  14. Well it finally means they’ve managed to somehow out all the old white bigots and bring in the new American world of open minded, compassionate people…. Jesus, you behind this new move? I suspected all along. Thank you.

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:05am
  15. Minneapolis (my old homestead) makin’ me proud.

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:38am
  16. As the older generation enters retirement a new dawn of life can begin exercising its right to shape the world.

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 7:16am
  17. yeeha…

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:01pm
  18. good good now we need a gay or bi or transgender president :) <3

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2:38pm
  19. So totally cool!

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:25pm
  20. we have come a long way, baby!

    Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 6:55pm