Sources: Minneapolis mayor to appoint Cedric Alexander as community safety commissioner

On Thursday afternoon, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is expected to announce his pick for the city’s first community safety commissioner.

Multiple sources confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Cedric Alexander would be Frey’s choice for the job.

According to the city, Frey will officially announce his selection at a press conference at 3 p.m.

A live stream of the press conference will be available in this article at that time.

The position will oversee the mayor’s proposed new Office of Community Safety, which will include the fire and police departments, as well as 911, the Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Violence Prevention, which will s is now called Neighborhood Security.

According to his website, Alexander began his career in 1977 as a deputy sheriff in Leon County, Florida. He went on to work as a deputy, police officer, detective, deputy mayor, and chief of police across the country, and also served on President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

More recently, he has worked as a pundit for several outlets, including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and has also written for The Washington Post, The Hill and CNN.com.

Alexander will be considered by the Minneapolis City Council at its July 21 meeting.

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