Police Department

Chief of Police

Mike Ceynowa has proudly served the citizens of Duluth for 24 years as a police officer.  Mike has moved up the ranks within the Duluth Police Department, serving as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, as well as an Investigator, Investigative Sergeant, Major Crimes Lieutenant, Professional Standards Lieutenant, Deputy Chief of Patrol, and now Chief.

Mike was born in a first-ring suburb of Minneapolis and obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Minnesota State Moorhead in Criminal Justice.  Upon graduating from college, Mike worked for a short time as a Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Aid and as a Community Service Officer for the Crystal, Minnesota Police Department. Mike was hired by the City of Duluth Police Department in January 1998 and knew early on that the city of Duluth would be his adopted hometown.

In December 2005, Mike completed his Master of Science in Public Safety Executive Leadership from St. Cloud State.  He also completed the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command in October 2008, International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organization Course in 2011, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Command Academy in 2012, and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Policing in 2015.

Mike has had the opportunity to be a part of several major initiatives that have helped survivors of violent crime.  These include the Blue Print for Safety related to domestic violence response and the sexual assault kit initiative.  He is most proud of his work with local advocacy groups and staff that made both of these possible.

Mike looks forward to continuing to serve the community where his children attend school, his wife works as a nurse practitioner, and where his family recreates.  A vibrant safe community is not only important to him in his professional role, but also in his personal life because Duluth is where his family calls home.  Mike is excited for what the future holds for us as a community and as a police department.