Former Top Cop Named Point Man for Archdiocese 26 Aug 14

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has named a former top cop as its point man for dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct by clergy.

Timothy O’Malley spent over 30 years in law enforcement, mostly at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which he led as superintendent from 2006-2010. He’s currently the state’s deputy chief administrative law judge.

O’Malley begins work Sept. 15 as the archdiocese’s director of ministerial standards and safe environment, a position proposed by a church-commissioned task force last April.

In an interview, O’Malley said had a “very blunt conversation” when he met one-on-one with Archbishop John Nienstedt. He says the archbishop made it clear that he expects frank and candid advice. He says he believes he’ll have sufficient access and authority to get the job done.