Duluth Mayor Announces Interim Police, Fire Chiefs

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson has announced who will fill the roles of interim Police and Fire Chief. 

Mayor Larson announced Deputy Chief Mike Tusken will serve as Interim Police Chief, taking over the ranks from Chief Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay left the Duluth Police Department to serve as the new top cop in Wichita.  

Tusken was appointed Deputy Chief in 2006 by Ramsay, to oversee the Patrol Division.  He is a 23-year vet of the Duluth Police Department, serving as a patrol officer and moving up the ranks to Sergeant, Lieutenant and Deputy Chief. 

“I’m confident that the Duluth Police Department will continue to provide the highest quality services under Mike’s leadership. Our search for a permanent Police Chief should prove to be insightful, comprehensive and engaging of the community. I thank the staff and public for their patience as we work to fill the two critical Chief positions,” said Mayor Larson. 

Meanwhile, current Interim Fire Chief Erik Simonson will continue working in his current capacity.    Simonson took on the role after long-time firefighter and Chief Bryan Bushey retired last August.   He is a 26-year vet of the Duluth Fire Department. 

‘Deputy Fire Chief Erik Simonson  will continue in his current capacity and has graciously taken on some of the Fire Chief responsibilities when called upon. I’m grateful that we have competent and passionate individuals who are willing to step up to the plate for the benefit of the greater community. ”  

The search for a new Police and Fire Chief will officially begin on February 1.  Two diverse selection committees have been chosen to assist with the search.  The public is also invited to submit comments here. 

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