Minneapolis has chosen a new police chief and she's openly gay. Janeé Harteau, who has been on the police force for 25 years, won unanimous approval from the City Council on Friday. Mayor R.T. Rybak praised Harteau for her "willingness to step forward for what is absolutely the toughest job in the city."
According to Eric Roper at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the mayor also addressed the 1996 complaint Harteau filed with the Human Rights Department: "I think it's important to point out that we have a chief who's coming in who at one time had complaints about this department and how it treated womenAnd I think that's an important value to be bringing to the table. Because, in the top job, that top cop can also see when things aren't going right."