City Council honors retiring Chief Dolanby Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minneapolis City Council Friday morning passed a resolution honoring Police Chief Tim Dolan for his years of service.
Dolan, whose last day is Friday, is retiring after 30 years on the police force. Council members and Mayor R.T. Rybak took turns congratulating Dolan, who appeared in the council chambers.
Rybak appointed Dolan as chief in 2006. He said Dolan was a good chief partly because he was raised in the city and cares about what happens here.
"I think when people look at this period of time in history they're going to say this kid who grew up on the northside took over the police department at one of the most challenging periods of crime in the city and you made us dramatically safer," Rybak said.
Violent crime in the city has steadily dropped under Dolan. However, this year the number of reported violent crimes such as homicide, robbery and assault has increased over the same time in 2011.