Thinking Outside The Thin Blue Line: Janee Harteau

Janee Harteau resists definition, whether it be by gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, or even her impressive new title: Chief of Minneapolis Police.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau
Photos by: Cameron Wittig

Harteau Highlights

The new chief of the Minneapolis police climbs up the ranks.

Attends Hibbing Community College, fronts a cover band called Magnum, and considers a career in medical stenography.

Graduates from Hibbing Community College as a licensed peace officer. Joins Minneapolis Police Academy. Members of her graduating class include future assistant chief and U.S. marshal Sharon Lubinski.

Assigned Holly Keegel as her partner for the “power shift” (7 pm to 3 am) patrol of Franklin & Chicago neighborhood in the Third Precinct. The two are known as “Cagney and Lacey.”

After finding deaf ears at Internal Affairs, Harteau and Keegel complain to the Minnesota office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about harassment from fellow officers. The EEOC finds the case in their favor. Internal protocols are changed and some officers are reprimanded.

Promoted to sergeant, assigned to Licensing Division and the Downtown Command Street Patrol and Gang Units.

1998 & 1999
Publishes personal safety guides with co-author Keegel

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Promoted to lieutenant. Assumes command of the Crime Lab and Licensing Division.

Graduates from Northwestern University’s Police and Command Staff School.

Graduates with a master’s degree in public safety from St. Mary’s. Appointed first inspector of the First Precinct by Chief Tim Dolan. Becomes a professor at St. Mary’s.

Appointed deputy chief of the Patrol Bureau.

Promoted to assistant police chief.

April 2012
Mayor R.T. Rybak announces he intends to nominate Harteau to replace outgoing Chief Dolan.

Officially nominated by Rybak.

Council approves nomination.

Sworn in as Minneapolis’s 52nd police chief.