Arneson named MPD’s second in command

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau has named Kris Arneson the department’s new assistant chief.

Arneson will start her new role as the department’s second in command on July 5, succeeding Matt Clark in the position. Clark has been named the new chief of police for the University of Minnesota Police Department.

“This was a very easy choice to make,” Harteau said in a statement. “Kris has proven to be an extremely successful leader in her 30 years of service as a member of the Minneapolis Police Department. Her track record as a community builder makes her a perfect fit for the job.”

Arneson has led the MPD’s implementation of the Office of Justice Program’s Diagnostic Center’s recommendations. The center, a division of the Department of Justice, has called for the police department to develop a stronger early intervention system to weed out problem officers, among other things.

Arneson has also served as inspector of the 5th and 1st precincts, homicide investigator and deputy chief overseeing the investigative division. She has also built safety centers for the American Indian and Somali-American communities. Her work with the city’s Somali community has become a model other police departments across the country and in Canada have followed, according to the MPD.