Janeé Harteau was named the 2017 Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by her peers across the U.S., just two weeks after she was asked to resign as Minneapolis police chief, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Harteau, who was ousted last month amid controversy over the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond, received the award at the annual conference of National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) in Kansas City, Mo. “Chief Janeé Harteau has made a real difference for the police officers and citizens of Minneapolis and those she has touched through her various teaching, mentoring and speaking engagements,” the association said.
In March, Harteau was named No. 22 on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Her new honor comes nearly two weeks after the 30-year Minneapolis police veteran’s resignation. Damond had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home and was shot by officer Mohamed Noor, who was responding to the call. The incident has drawn international criticism. Harteau’s departure ended a 4½-year run as the city’s first female and first openly gay police chief.