Finalists For Duluth Police Chief Take Center Stage

Mayor Larson To Make Decision Early May

Community members were invited to meet and ask questions of the two Duluth police chief candidates Thursday.

Out of 11 applicants, there are two left.  Their names are Mike Tusken and Brian Kozak, both of which are Duluth natives.

Tusken currently serves as the interim Duluth police chief.

Tusken was raised in the Morgan Park neighborhood who brings 24 years of service to the Duluth area.

Kozak brings over 30 years of experience and currently serves as the police chief in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Mayor Emily Larson opened the floor to residents Thursday at Lincoln Park Middle School so they could ask the candidates whatever they wanted.

Candidates were asked about topics ranging from open-door policies to heroin prevention.

Mike Tusken said, “We need to look at things that we can control if we can keep poison off the streets we can reduce people dying.”

Both candidates have experience with drugs, especially heroin, which was the main topic of the forum.

Brian Kozak said, “I am a drug recognition expert. There are only three certified in this field, and I am one of them.”

Mayor Emily Larson will announce her pick for top cop in early May.

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