Harrington tapped to be Metro Transit police chief

Retiring state Sen. John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, has been named the next Metro Transit Chief of Police.

Harrington was elected in 2010. Before that he was chief of the St. Paul Police Department from 2004 to 2010 and was with the department for 30 years, according to a press release announcing Harrington’s appointment.

Harrington replaces former Chief Dave Indrehus, who retired in January. Deputy Chief A.J. Olson will continue to serve as Acting Chief until Harrington assumes his duties Sept. 4.

“I’m thrilled to bring John on board as chief,” said Metropolitan Council Regional Administrator Pat Born. “John is deeply knowledgeable about law enforcement. He is a demonstrated and experienced leader. And, having served with Metro Transit Police for more than a decade, he is familiar with policing transit. I have every confidence that John will continue the Council’s commitment to a safe and secure transit system.”

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