Newark Deputy Mayor Brian O’Hara Is Finalist For Minneapolis Police Chief

O'Hara told TAPinto Newark that he was honored to be named a finalist for the post in Minneapolis.

"The eyes of the world are on Minneapolis today," he said. "And I believe this is a transformative opportunity to reform and rebuild a major city police department and get it right—not just for the residents of Minneapolis—but for the entire policing profession.”

Prior to his appointment to deputy mayor, O’Hara served as director for the Newark Department of Public Safety. The 20-year veteran of the city police department was appointed to the directorial post in February 2021.

Earlier this year, city officials announced that the Public Safety Department would appoint a new director upon O’Hara’s promotion to deputy mayor of Strategic Initiatives for Police Services/Public Safety.

In August, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced that Fritz Fragé, a 24-year veteran of the New Jersey State Police, was appointed to the Public Safety Department directorial role. He is charged with overseeing Newark’s Police and Fire divisions, along with its Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

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