Duluth Police Dept. Names Steve Stracek to Fill Third Deputy Chief Position

His seleciton is part a department restructuring to focus on better policies and community engagement.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police Department this week announced the selection of Steve Stracek to serve as Deputy Chief, as part of an ordinance change by Duluth City Council allowing the department to hire a third, tasked with leading the department to be more accountable.

Stracek joined the department in 1993, and over 23 years served as commander of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Taskforce, and as an investigator, sergeant, and lieutenant.

Stracek left the Duluth Police Department in 2014 to take over as police chief for the Cloquet Police Department. He retired from Cloquet PD in 2017.

Stracek was working as a police officer at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport Police Department prior to returning to the Duluth Police Department in 2019.

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken released the following statement on his new Deputy Chief.

 “Steve is admired by those he works among and serves for his talent, compassion, kindness, professionalism, and commitment to service. Steve’s work and life experience offer us the unique opportunity to have a deputy police chief who’s ready on day one. Officer Stracek is an excellent fit for this position. “While working patrol over the past two years, Stracek has had an opportunity to see up close and personal the challenges and opportunities in our neighborhoods while building the relationships and rapport necessary to be an effective leader in our community and to our talented staff. I have known and worked with Stracek during much of my career and have always known him to have the courage to do what’s right, not easy – the qualities we expect our staff to exemplify.”

Stracek’s selection as the 3rd Deputy Chief is part of a restructuring of the department for the first time in 29 years. Chief Tusken has said the goal of the re-organized position is to help transform the department while focusing on better policies and community engagement.

He will lead patrol while Deputy Chief Laura Marquardt will lead administration and Deputy Chief Nick Lukovsky will lead investigations.

Due to the recent city ordinance change approved by the Council allowing a 3rd deputy chief, the effective date for the new position will be in late May.

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