ROCHESTER, Minn.- Mayor Brede announced he is appointing a new police chief. Today he announced that Metropolitan Transit Police department Captain Jim Franklin will take on the position.
The mayor tells KIMT he chose Captain Franklin because of his experience working in a diverse police force.
As Rochester becomes more diverse, Brede saw this as an opportunity to bring his experience to Rochester.
“Having more people that look like the people they serve so we keep working on that and I’m trusting that chief franklin will help with that as well” said Brede, “A great set of credentials different from the other ones that i think are going to be very beneficial.”
Dee Sabol is the Diversity Council's executive director.
She's hopeful the experience the new police chief will bring will help connect Rochester's growing diverse community.
“He does come from an environment where he's managing relationships with many different cultures and many different individuals and we'll benefit from that here,” said Sabol.
The city is tentatively planning on swearing in Captain Franklin as police chief on July 26th.