Mpls police chief Tim Dolan to retire

7:14 AM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan will retire later this year.

In a message to the Minneapolis Police Department and the City Council Dolan says he will not seek another term as chief.

In his written announcement, Dolan says:

I started in law enforcement as a Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputy in 1978 and came to the Minneapolis Police Department in 1983. After serving the people of Minnesota for over 34 years I feel it is time to move on to the next stage of life. It has been a great honor to have served here as both acting Chief and Chief since 2006.

I have lived and/or worked in the City of Minneapolis my entire life. Every day that I put on the uniform, I consider myself fortunate and honored to work with the finest team I have known. Thank you all for making that possible.

I will continue my duties as Chief until I retire late this year. I will provide public comment about my career, tenure as chief and future plans at that time.

Dolan joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 1983 and rose to the rank of Chief in 2006.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak praises Dolan as an innovator who has led effective crime-reduction partnerships with the community and has strengthened the city's data-driven policing policies.

However, Dolan's old boss, former Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza, called Dolan's administration a failure.

"They're losing one lawsuit after another. The civilian review board has written a very critical assessment and the fact is that he is not a reform chief," Bouza said.  

Dolan was in Washington D.C. on business Wednesday when the story broke and is not available for comment. He reportedly does intend to explain his decision to the media as his retirement nears.

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