Calling it one of the easiest decisions he's ever made, Mayor R.T. Rybak nominated Interim Police Chief Tim Dolan to lead the department permanently.
“He is an innovative leader who knows exactly what we need right now to make our city safe,” Rybak said in a statement.
While Dolan has the mayor's backing, his appointment still needs to be confirmed by the City Council. Rybak will formally nominate Dolan as the city's next police chief at the Sept. 27 Executive Committee meeting. The Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee will then hold a public hearing and vote on Dolan's approval. From there, the full City Council will vote on the confirmation.
Dolan has been serving as interim chief for the Minneapolis Police Department since former Police Chief William McManus left April 15 to take the job as the top cop in San Antonio, Texas. A 23-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department who grew up on the North Side and attended Nicollet Island's DeLaSalle High School, Dolan served as assistant chief under McManus since July 2005 and ran the day-to-day operations of the Police Department.
Prior to working as assistant police chief, Dolan also served as a deputy chief, inspector and commander of the 4th Precinct in North Minneapolis, commander of narcotics, commander of emergency response, and director of training. Dolan said in the release that he's honored by the nomination, and he vowed to “do more to keep our residents safe in North Minneapolis.”
“I have a deep sense of ownership with this,” Dolan said. “It's more than a job. It's personal.”