MINNEAPOLIS (April 10, 2017) — Chief Janeé Harteau of the Minneapolis Police Department announced Monday that Medaria Arradondo will be the next assistant chief, effective April 30.
Arradondo is currently the deputy chief of staff. He joined MPD in 1989 as a patrol officer in the 3rd Precinct. Since then he has held a variety of positions to include school resource officer and a Northside beat officer. He also has internal affairs and property crime investigation experience, and was the 1st Precinct inspector.
As the assistant chief Arradondo will continue to lead the MPD in its National Initiative and procedural justice work. He will also be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Department including, but not exclusive to, overseeing Special Operations and Intelligence Division and police-community relations initiatives.
“Rondo, and everyone who knows him calls him Rondo, brings incredible leadership and community building skills to this position,” Harteau said. “This promotion is part of our very intentional and strategic succession plan, as we focus on institutionalizing MPD 2.0 and our work as a leader in 21st Century policing. As my chief of staff, Rondo has prepared for this next step in many ways, with an intense focus on our progressive initiatives.”
Arradondo received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Concordia University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Medaria Arradondo is also a graduate of Minneapolis Roosevelt High School.
Arradondo replaces retiring Assistant Chief Kris Arneson.
“While it’s not easy to leave this job, it is much easier knowing that Rondo will be the next assistant chief,” Arneson said. “I know he’ll bring unbelievable energy to the office and he’s a well-respected leader within the MPD. He’s also gained tremendous trust and credibility within the various neighborhoods and diverse communities that we serve.”
More changes within the MPD’s executive command structure will be announced in the coming weeks.