Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau appointed Kristine Arneson as the department's new assistant chief, replacing Matthew Clark as he leaves to lead the University of Minnesota police.

"This was a very easy choice to make," Harteau said in a statement. "Kris has proven to be an extremely successful leader in her 30 years of service as a member of the Minneapolis Police Department. Her track record as a community builder makes her a perfect fit for the job."

The assistant chief reports directly to the chief and oversees the department's day-to-day operations.

Arneson said she is interested in residents' input on what the department can do to enhance community engagement.

"This is a great department," Arneson said in an interview. "These officers understand what community policing is, but I also think we can do more and we can go to the next level."

Arneson, who is being promoted from deputy chief overseeing the investigative division, has led the department's implementation of the Office of Justice Program's recommendations following its review of the department's performance management system.

She has also served as the inspector of the 5th and 1st precincts and as a homicide investigator as well as helped with efforts to create a safety center for the Somali community at Riverside Plaza.

Arneson's first official day as assistant chief will be on July 5, the day before Clark takes over his new post.

NICOLE NORFLEET