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Police Chief Tim Dolan will not seek a third term

In a statement released late this morning, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan announced that as of 2013, he will no longer serve as the city's top cop

"I have given notice to Mayor R.T. Rybak that I will not be seeking a third term when my current term as Chief expires in January of next year," he wrote.

An internal memo was sent to Rybak and Minneapolis City Council earlier today.

Here's the memo in full:

I have given notice to Mayor R.T. Rybak that I will not be seeking a third term when my current term as Chief expires in January of next year. 

I started in law enforcement as a Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputy in 1978 and came to the Minneapolis Police Department in 1983. After serving the people of Minnesota for over 34 years I feel it is time to move on to the next stage of life. It has been a great honor to have served here as both acting Chief and Chief since 2006.

I have lived and/or worked in the City of Minneapolis my entire life. Every day that I put on the uniform, I consider myself fortunate and honored to work with the finest team I have known. Thank you all for making that possible.

I will continue my duties as Chief until I retire late this year. I will provide public comment about my career, tenure as chief, and future plans at that time.

Minutes later, Rybak's office released its own announcement, crediting him for the steep decline in urban crime and for souping up the use of high-tech crime fighting techniques.

"Chief Dolan is not done: he has much good work left to do, but he deserves our deep thanks and gratitude for his years of exemplary public service and for making Minneapolis a much safer, stronger city," Rybak writes.

Dolan's announcement says he is currently at a conference in D.C., but will comment publicly on his decision at a later time.

This is the second major public safety official to announce a departure this year -- in January, Fire Chief Alex Jackson stepped down as well.

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