Minneaplois council reaches agreement with ex-chief

Published 9:51 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis City Council has approved a separation agreement with the city’s former police chief, who resigned in July after a police officer fatally shot an Australian woman.

The council approved the $183,000 agreement Wednesday with Janee Harteau. It doesn’t include a clause that would have barred Harteau from making disparaging comments about Mayor Betsy Hodges and other officials and prohibited them from publicly criticizing her.

Hodges said such clauses are common in separation agreements, but she agreed to remove it after receiving criticism.

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The council unanimously approved a resolution prohibiting non-disparagement clauses for public employees.