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MPD Reassigns Members of Leadership Team to Promote Professional Growth and Development and Creates Quality Assurance Commander Position

July 5, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) Chief Harteau is excited to announce changes within the leadership of the city’s five police precincts. The executive movement is part of a coordinated effort to ensure today’s departmental leaders continue to grow for future assignments. While the city’s current Inspectors are both beloved and respected by their communities, the new assignments will allow them to bring fresh ideas and energy to other parts of the city while continuing the current initiatives that are already working well.

“We are lucky to have Inspectors who are excellent leaders and who have excelled in implementing community policing efforts and outreach. One of the goals of MPD 2.0 is to improve employee engagement and morale, and with that in mind, I am excited to see what our leaders will bring to their new positions and communities,” Chief Janeé Harteau said.

  • Inspector Michael Sullivan will be commanding the 1st Precinct. He was the Inspector of the 3rd Precinct.
  • Inspector Todd Loining will be commanding the 2nd Precinct. He was the Inspector of the 5th Precinct.
  • Commander Catherine Johnson will be promoted to 3rd Precinct Inspector. She was previously the Commander in charge of the Special Crimes Investigations Division.
  • Inspector Michael Kjos will be permanently assigned as the 4th Precinct Inspector.
  • Inspector Kathy Waite will be commanding the 5th Precinct. She was the Inspector of the 2nd Precinct.

“We are constantly analyzing where our leaders will fit best, and assessing what experiences they may need as they progress through the careers and our ranks. I can assure you they will earn your trust and respect as they transition into their new roles. Each and every one of them brings a unique perspective, level of expertise and skill set to their assigned precincts,” Chief Harteau concluded.

Recognizing a departmental need in line with 21st Century Policing, Chief Harteau has created a new Quality Assurance Commander position. The leader assigned to this role will bring a new level of accountability and oversight to the MPD. Commander Chris Granger, formerly in charge of the Violent Crimes Investigations Division and the Internal Affairs Unit, will take on this new challenge, overseeing the department’s Use of Force policy and reviews, Body Worn Camera initiatives, and training audits, among other responsibilities.

The assignment change allows the Chief to promote two Lieutenants to Commander level positions as she continues to develop the MPD’s next leaders.

  • Erick Fors will be promoted from 1st Precinct Lieutenant to Commander of the Violent Crimes Investigations Division.
  • Melissa Chiodo will be promoted from Sex Crimes Lieutenant to Commander of the Special Crimes Investigations Division.

Commander Fors began his career as a patrol officer in 1998. He has worked in the 2nd, 4th and 5th Precincts throughout his career. He has also worked as a Sergeant Investigator for more than 5 years in both the Juvenile and Homicide Units. Most recently he helped lead our Procedural Justice Training through the National Initiative and as a detailed Commander in charge of the 1st Precinct.

Commander Chiodo also began her career in 1998 and has worked in the MPD’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Precincts. She was also instrumental in enhancing our professional development and recruitment practices between 2000 and 2003. The Commander also spent five years in the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit. Most recently, she has been the Lieutenant in charge of the Sex Crimes Unit.

Lieutenant Michael Friestleben has been assigned to lead the Minneapolis Police Department’s Community Engagement Team. The Lieutenant brings a wealth of experience and expertise in building relationships with the communities we serve. Through this position, the MPD will be aggressively expanding its outreach; Friestleben will continue to cultivate and grow relationships in North Minneapolis while simultaneously growing the Department’s community policing in every corner of the city.

These changes will be effective July 24th.