University police chief not chosen as Minneapolis Police Department head

Elizabeth Cook

University Police Chief Greg Hestness is not transferring back to the Minneapolis Police Department.

Hestness was one of the three finalists for Minneapolis police chief, but on Monday, Mayor R.T. Rybak awarded the job to interim Police Chief Tim Dolan, said Jeremy Hanson, Rybak’s communications director.

Hestness said he’s happy with the mayor’s decision and fully endorses Dolan.

“I think the world of Tim,” he said.”

Hestness worked at the Minneapolis Police Department from 1975 to 2003 before coming to the University. He was deputy police chief for his last nine years at the department.

Hestness said he decided to come to the University because he would be able to work alongside people he previously knew and respected.

“They’re great fun people to work with,” he said.

Since Dolan became the interim chief in April, he has worked very closely with University police, Hestness said.

“Within the first week, he came over to talk to me about crime trends,” he said.

Hestness said he’s also glad he will continue to be the University police chief and have the chance to work with Dolan.

“I am very pleased to stay here,” Hestness said.