Police Department

Chief of Police

Police Chief Mike Tusken was born and raised in Duluth, MN, growing up in the Morgan Park neighborhood and graduating from Duluth Denfeld High School. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement from Hibbing Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Herzing University and attended Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, completing the 260th Session of the School of Staff and Command.

The chief has served the citizens of Duluth since 1992 as a patrol officer, juvenile investigator, patrol sergeant, financial crimes investigative sergeant, lieutenant/area commander, patrol deputy chief and interim police chief before being promoted to police chief in May of 2016 by Mayor Emily Larson.

During his tenure, the chief is responsible for implementing the COMPSTAT Program, building an assessment tool (JDAI) to reduce juvenile incarceration rates of children of color, created a performance measurement system and developed innovative approaches for engaging his staff in community policing.  These strategies are responsible for building strong relationships within the community and reducing crime.

Mike is married and has three children.