While the search for a new police chief slowly gets under way, the city's Executive Committee voted to extend Tim Dolan's appointment as interim police chief another 90 days.
Dolan began his first 90-day appointment as interim chief for the Minneapolis Police Department after former Police Chief William McManus left April 15 to take the job as the top cop in San Antonio, Texas. Dolan, a 23-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department who grew up on the North Side and attended Nicollet Island's DeLaSalle High School, served as assistant chief under McManus and ran the day-to-day operations of the Police Department. As interim chief, Dolan will continue to assume all responsibilities of the job until Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City Council confirm a permanent replacement.
City officials could continue to extend Dolan's appointment as interim chief in 90-day increments indefinitely. But mayoral spokesperson Jeremy Hanson said everyone involved wants to find a permanent police chief relatively soon. A job description is being finalized and will be posted publicly shortly, Hanson said.
While this search - like the one in 2003 that resulted in the hiring of McManus - will rely on a search firm to examine both internal candidates and external candidates from across the country, Hanson said it will not be as extensive as the last search. That search cost the city $34,000. This time around, Hanson said city officials are using public input gathered from the last search, as well as online and phone surveys to gauge what residents want in their next police chief. The search firm will play a much less extensive role in the process this time, Hanson said.
“In this case, the firm is mostly processing the applications that come in,” he said.
The Executive Committee also designated Steven Kotke as the interim director for the Public Works Department. He has worked for the city since 1989 and has served as the deputy director of public works and director of internal services. Kotke replaces Klara Fabry, whose term as Public Works director ended July 1. Rybak chose not to renominate Fabry, and Kotke has been serving as acting director of Public Works since May 12.
“I am confident that Tim Dolan and Steve Kotke will continue to provide stellar management and consistent city services from our city's two largest departments,” Rybak said in a news release. “During this interim, we are also working hard to ensure that fair and open searches allow us to hire the most capable permanent department heads.”