Amelia Huffman named interim Minneapolis police chief
Huffman joined in the department in 1994 and now serves as deputy chief
December 8, 2021
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday that Deputy Police Chief Amelia Huffman will become the department's interim chief, replacing Medaria Arradondo, who said Monday he was retiring after three decades of public service.
With the interim job, Huffman becomes the second woman to lead the department, after Janeé Harteau, who led MPD from 2012 to 2017. She inherits a department still trying to reform after the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by a Minneapolis police officer. The May 2020 episode set off worldwide protests and reignited debate about what policing should be in the United States.
"She's the right leader to move towards rebuilding our department and making sure that every single person in every single neighborhood feels safe," Frey said in introducing Huffman at a City Hall news conference. The 27-year department veteran "commands an encyclopedic knowledge of how safety should function and of the internal workings of the Police Department," the mayor said.