Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau tendered her resignation Friday, six days after the fatal shooting of Justine Damond. Below is a timeline of her tenure with the department:
1987: The Minneapolis police department hires Janeé Harteau.
1996: Harteau and her then-partner, Holly Keegel, file complaints with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, alleging they were targets of sexual harassment. The case was later resolved through mediation.
1998: Harteau, who worked in the Third and Fourth precincts as a beat cop, is promoted to sergeant.
2004: Harteau is promoted to lieutenant.
2006: Harteau is promoted to First Precinct inspector, which covers downtown.
2009: Harteau is promoted to deputy chief of the patrol bureau.
2010: Harteau is named the department’s assistant chief.
May 2012: Minneapolis police chief Tim Dolan announces his upcoming retirement. Mayor R.T. Rybak names Harteau his likely replacement. “I think she’s fantastic,” said then-Council Member Betsy Hodges. Harteau has policing, administrative and people skills, said Hodges, who called herself an unqualified supporter.
November 2012: Harteau said she will serve as the face of the department in times of crisis, rather than her predecessor Dolan, who often let subordinates speak for the department. “They will know I am chief, because I will be delivering the bad news,” she said in an interview. “I will stand by the decisions that are made.”
December 2012: Harteau receives unanimous council approval and is sworn in as the city’s police chief. She is the first woman chief in the department’s history, as well as the first gay chief.
May 2013: Terrence Franklin, a black man, is killed during a brawl with five Minneapolis police officers in the basement of an uptown Minneapolis house. Police said later that Franklin was armed, shooting two officers in the legs. The officers were not charged. A police vehicle speeding to the scene collided with a motorcycle, killing the rider, Ivan Romero Olivares, and injuring his passenger.
June 2013: Two Minneapolis police officers off-duty in Green Bay use racial slurs while scuffling with a group of men. Green Bay police said they “expected preferential treatment” when they confronted Green Bay police for not acting. The officers are later fired. This and another racially-motivated incident in Apple Valley cause outcry throughout the summer, and Harteau, saying “This is not who we are” assures that hiring and training practices will be re-examined.
October 2013: Three Minneapolis City Council members, including Betsy Hodges, unveil a push for a body camera program for the MPD. A spokesperson for Harteau, who was not part of the news conference, said the department “is not at a point at this time to move forward with body cameras in the near future.”
November 2013: Betsy Hodges is elected mayor of Minneapolis.
December 2013: Harteau announces to use state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension staff members to conduct investigations of police officers who seriously hurt or kill people while on duty. Gov. Mark Dayton lashed out at Harteau for going public with the plan without first notifying his office and Mona Dohman, head of the Department of Public Safety.
September 2015: Mayor Betsy Hodges announces that she will reappoint Harteau to a second three-year term, quelling rumors that Hodges was looking for a replacement.
November 2015: Jamar Clark is shot and killed during a scuffle with two Minneapolis police officers, sparking widespread protests including a weekslong encampment outside 4th police precinct headquarters in north Minneapolis.
February 2016: The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approves Harteau for a second term.
March 2016: Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announces he will not charge the officers involved in Clark’s death.
July 2016: MPD rolls out its body camera program.
March 2017: A federal review of the handling of the 18-day occupation following the Jamar Clark shooting revealed that a rift between Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau led to a communication breakdown that hindered the city’s response to an 18-day occupation. The mayor and chief later insist they are working together to protect the city
April 2017: Hodges vetoes Harteau’s choice of Lt. John Delmonico for 4th Precinct inspector, widening a public rift between the two.
July 15: Justine Damond is shot and killed by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor who responded to a 911 call she made of a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her southwest Minneapolis home.
July 20: Five days after the shooting, Harteau makes her first public comments, saying “Justine didn’t have to die.”
July 21: Hodges asks for Harteau’s resignation. Harteau resigns.