Mayor Jacob Frey confirms three finalists considered for MPD leader

The search for Minneapolis’ new police chief has been narrowed down to three candidates.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first reported Wednesday night that the search committee had forwarded three finalists to Mayor Jacob Frey to fill the vacancy of Minneapolis Chief of Police.

The finalists reported are: Southfield Michigan Police Chief Elvin Bratten, former Charlottesville, Va. Police Chief Dr. RaShall Brackney and Newark, New Jersey Deputy Mayor for Policing Initiatives Brian O ‘Hara.

On Wednesday, Mayor Frey confirmed they were the three finalists for the post of MPD police chief. The mayor is expected to meet the candidates in Minneapolis starting this Friday.

Hamline University professor Dr Michael Lansing said the selection of the new MPD leader will be “intensely political”.

“This choice of a police chief is very important to people in the community, to politicians, to movers and shakers in the city – it’s an important appointment,” Lansing said.

Mayor Frey said the final decision will be made in conjunction with his new Community Safety Commissioner, Dr. Cedric Alexander.

Once a finalist is chosen, the choice will be sent to the Minneapolis City Council for approval.

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