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Mayor Names New Rochester Police Chief

July 03, 2018 06:58 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The City of Rochester has a new police chief. 

Mayor Ardell Brede made the announcement Tuesday morning, saying he is confident with his decision.

After narrowing the selection down from 36 applicants, Brede appointed Jim Franklin as Rochester’s next Police Chief.

Franklin currently serves as a Captain with the Minneapolis Metropolitan Transit Police. He also works as an adjunct instructor for Rutgers University. Prior to that, Franklin served with the Plymouth Police Department.

When speaking at a recently public form in Rochester, Franklin said "community engagement has got to be a foundational pillar within the Rochester Police Department."


After accepting the position, Franklin said, “I am extremely honored to be invited to lead such an amazing professional organization. I am impressed with the character and the level of commitment and compassion that every member of the agency has for the community.”

Brede says Franklin and the other two finalists were perfect for the job, but he liked Franklin's diverse experience. 

Brede says he also heard stories about Franklin that led him to believe he is a compassionate leader. "It's exciting times for Rochester,” Brede said. “A growing community and I think Chief Franklin will blend right in with that and help us move forward."

Franklin will assume his new role July 26th. 

Brede says the city is working on a date to have him sworn in. 

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