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Beyer, Tusken named deputy police chiefs

Duluth police Chief Gordon Ramsay promoted two of his lieutenants to become his deputy chiefs this afternoon. John Beyer, 49, the department's western division commander and one of three finalists for the chief's position that Mayor Herb Bergson ...

Duluth police Chief Gordon Ramsay promoted two of his lieutenants to become his deputy chiefs this afternoon.

John Beyer, 49, the department's western division commander and one of three finalists for the chief's position that Mayor Herb Bergson named Ramsay to last week, will be the deputy chief for investigations/administration.

Mike Tusken, 38, the eastern division commander, will fill the other deputy chief position.

"Both of these guys are skilled and accomplished investigators," Ramsay said. "They're both very good communicators. They are going to represent this department well, move us forward and make working with the community a priority.

"John works very well with people and is good at relationship-building. Mike is very well-known throughout the city, but particularly has a lot of ties to West Duluth."

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Beyer, a Duluth native, started his 25-year law enforcement career as an officer with the Underwood, Minn., Police Department. He also worked for the LeCenter, Minn., Police Department, the Filmore County, Minn., Sheriff's Office and the Cloquet Police Department before joining the Duluth force in 1984. He served as a field training officer and a defensive tactics/use of force instructor as he worked his way up the ranks. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminology/sociology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth last year.

"I think, for me, it just means I'm going to have more of a leadership role in the department and will help to set and shape the investigative side of the police department," Beyer said. "We will look at efficiencies and be more proactive in the way we do investigations. I'm looking forward to taking on this new role and the challenge that comes with it. I think good things are ahead of us as an organization and I look forward to working with Gordon."

Tusken, also a Duluth native, joined the Duluth department in 1992. He worked as a patrol officer before moving into the juvenile bureau, where he served as school liaison officer at Morgan Park, Lincoln Park and Denfeld. As sergeant, he was named to head the department's financial crimes unit before being promoted to lieutenant and head of the eastern division.

"It's a tremendous honor to be selected to represent this community and this Police Department," Tusken said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the officers, investigators and all of the personnel in this department."

Ramsay said Tusken's financial crimes unit is recognized as a model for other police departments throughout the region for its accomplishments.

MARK STODGHILL covers public safety and courts. He can be reached weekdays at (218) 723-5333 or by e-mail at mstodghill@duluthnews.com .

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