St. Paul police chief to speak May 5

St. Paul police chief to speak May 5

St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington is the next speaker in the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association’s First Friday Luncheon Series.

The luncheon begins at noon Friday, May 5, at the Crown Plaza Hotel-Riverfront (formerly Radisson), 11 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

Harrington was named St. Paul’s 39th chief of police in June 2004 after working his way through the ranks of patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, commander and senior commander. Before being named chief, he was team commander of the Western District, the city’s largest patrol district. He also has held training and teaching posts at several Minnesota colleges and universities, teaching classes in leadership, community policing, juvenile justice and gang prevention/intervention. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and a master of arts degree from St. Thomas. He also has done postgraduate study at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and serves on several state and national boards, including the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board, which he chairs.

On first Fridays of each month during the academic year, the St. Thomas Alumni Association's First Friday Luncheon Series offers lunch and a speaker of current interest. St. Thomas alumni and friends, along with the general public, are invited. Cost of each luncheon and presentation is $25. A limited number of $10 student tickets are available at the St. Thomas Box Office.

Reservations for the May 5 luncheon are due Friday, April 28. Early reservations are recommended as these events fill quickly. For reservations and more information, call the St. Thomas Alumni Association, (651) 962-6430, or register online via the association’s Web site,