Three finalists selected by search committee for Minneapolis police chief

The search committee formed to find the next police chief in Minneapolis has forwarded three candidates to Mayor Jacob Frey for consideration.

Sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that those three contestants are Elvin Barren, Brian O’Hara and RaShall Brackney.

Barren is a former Detroit Police Officer and is now the Chief of the Southfield, Michigan Police Department, a suburb of Detroit. O’Hara is the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives for Policing and Public Safety in Newark, New Jersey. Brackney is the former police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia.

If selected by Mayor Frey, the nominee would need city council approval and would become the fourth chef hired out of state in Minneapolis since 1980.

Interim MPD Leader Amelia Huffman was not included in the search committee’s final three nominees, but Mayor Frey could include her as a finalist at any time.

University of Augsburg professor Dr. Michael Lansing told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the next MPD chief hire would arguably be the most significant chief appointment in Minneapolis in more than 40 years.

“It’s remarkable, because it tends to only happen, at least in the modern period, when the city has been involved in some sort of intense experiment around policing, public safety, and police/police relations. community,” Lansing said.

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