In a ceremony Friday afternoon in honor of the state’s first African-American police chief, the police department’s Midway station was officially dedicated and renamed the St. Paul Police Department William K. Finney Western District.
Bill “Corky” Finney, who grew up in the city’s Rondo neighborhood, served with the St. Paul Police Department as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain before an additional 12 years as major beginning in 1992. Spent years
The city’s 38th police chief, he also served on the St. Paul’s School Board and as an interim city council member. In late 2018, he joined the Ramsey County Sheriff’s leadership team.
In a written resolution recognizing the renaming of the Western District station, the City Council said on Wednesday that Finn wanted to diversify the police department, implement community-oriented policing strategies and help officers “be more directly aware of the city’s changing demographics.” Take steps to reflect
Finney promoted the department’s first female homicide unit commander and placed other women in key positions within the police force. In 2001, they signed an anti-racism-profiling agreement, which was recognized by the US Department of Justice for its collaborative approach to community concerns.
Finney graduated from Central High School in 1966 and Mankato State University in 1970, where he served as a police reserve officer. He was sworn in as a St. Paul Officer in 1971.
Over the years his titles have included patrol officer, investigator, community project leader, patrol supervisor, director of training, and team commander for the Central District.
The station is located south of University Avenue at 389 N. Hamline Ave. is on.