Harteau approved as new police chief

Derek Wetmore

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved the city's next police chief Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

With the vote, Janeé Harteau becomes the city's first female police chief, and she's also the first openly gay officer to hold the position, per the Star Tribune report. 

She was previously the city's assistant chief, and takes over for former chief Tim Dolan, who did not seek a third term.

"I want to thank her for her willingness to step forward for what is absolutely the toughest job in the city," Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak told the Star Tribune.

Harteau reportedly expressed mixed emotions to the Council, because the police force "lost one of our own" last night, she said, referring to the Cold Spring police officer gunned down in an ambush late Thursday.