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Jim Franklin named Rochester's next police chief

Jim Franklin named Rochester's next police chief

Jim Franklin has been tapped to lead Rochester's police force.

Mayor Ardell Brede announced his selection of Franklin, a captain with the Metropolitan Transit Police in Minneapolis, Tuesday morning. 

"We welcome Captain Franklin as the next police chief for the City of Rochester," said Mayor Brede. "As a Minnesota native, he understands the culture as he brings vast experience to the department.”

Prior to his captain role, Franklin served five years as a lieutenant for the Administrative Division/Homeland Security with Metropolitan Transit. He also has eight years of experience working as a patrol officer and detective with the Plymouth Police Department. 

His education includes a master’s degree in public administration and a law enforcement degree from Metropolitan State University. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor for Rutgers University.

“I am extremely honored to be invited to lead such an amazing professional organization," said Franklin. "I am impressed with the character and the level of commitment and compassion that every member of this agency has for the community and will continue to build upon that solid foundation."

Franklin was one of three finalists considered for the position, which was left open following the retirement of longtime Chief Roger Peterson. In the announcement, Mayor Brede noted the strength of the applicant pool.

"During the process, we had three excellent finalists for this position," Brede said in a statement.

Franklin will take over as chief effective July 26.

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