Sheriff Johnson's Biography
I was born in Cloquet and raised in Two Harbors, as my father was a State Trooper for the Minnesota State Patrol and was stationed in Two Harbors. I graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1983. Between my junior and senior years of high school, I joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in Duluth. I went to Army Basic Training in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, on my summer break and then returned for my senior year of high school.
After graduation, I went on to AIT (Advanced Individual Training) in Ft. Gordon, Georgia for five months. I applied for and was accepted into the Law Enforcement program at Hibbing Community College, graduating in 1986. I started my Law Enforcement career in February 1987, when I was hired by the Walnut Grove and Morgan Police Departments in the southwest corner of the state. Shortly thereafter in July of 1987, I was hired as a patrolman for the Springfield Police Department. In 1992, I was appointed Chief of Police in Springfield. After three years as Chief, I was hired as a deputy sheriff by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Grand Marais, Minnesota. In 1996, I was hired as a deputy sheriff with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Then in 2006, I was elected as Sheriff and was sworn into office on January 2, 2007.
It has been my great pleasure to serve the citizens of Lake County for the last 12 years and look forward to a great many more.