MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Brian O’Hara, the deputy mayor of Newark, New Jersey, as his nomination for the next chief of the Minneapolis Police Department.
O’Hara will take over the position after Medaria Arradondo retired in January after two terms as chief and 32 years with the department. Arradondo managed the department during the murder of George Floyd and subsequent unrest. He retired shortly after a controversial referendum that failed to replace the MPD with a department of public safety.
After, Amelia Huffman was named interim chief. Though she expressed interest in the position of chief, the three finalists that Frey named earlier in September all came from outside of Minneapolis.
Sources within the MPD said at the time that some officers wanted to see an internal candidate move up to chief. But others outside of the department felt fresh blood was needed.
The national search for the next MPD chief stretches back to March. A consulting firm worked with the search committee to come up with the finalists.