Get to know Assistant Chief Michael Kjos

Q. How would you describe your leadership style?

A. I have a very open leadership style. You do not need to guess where I stand on an issue, because I will have told you directly where I stand and I really don’t mind disagreeing with others. My wife tells me I just like to argue, but I prefer to think I stand by my principles and let the chips fall where they may.

Q. What interests you about working for the City of Minneapolis?

A. I really like the ability to work in a lot of different capacities within the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department. At all levels of the department there are a variety of job opportunities that offer you a chance to learn new things and recharge your batteries so to speak if you begin to feel burned out in one role.

Q. What’s something surprising that people don’t know about you?

A. I don’t like to be the focus of attention. I would prefer to be a part of a team, a unit, or a precinct that is successful and have all credit go to the group and not me or any one individual.

Q. What’s your favorite restaurant so far in Minneapolis?

A. I have many, as you can probably tell from my build, I like to eat out. Since I have spent many years in the 4th Precinct I will start there.

      1. Lowry Café at Lowry and Penn – ask for the breakfast burrito

      2. Banana Blossom – Lowry and Knox – great pad thai

      3. Fast Freddie’s – Cedar Lake Road and Penn – hot turkey hoagie

      4. Emily’s Café at Penn and 44th Avenue North – home cooked meals

I could list many downtown restaurants as well: Cuzzy’s, Loon Café, Lotus…

Q. What music are you listening to lately?

A. Currently anything my kids add to my playlist because we all use the same iTunes account.

Q. Do you have any favorite quotes?

A. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Author: Lou Holtz

Q. What’s your favorite movie?

A. The Big Lebowski – probably watched it 50 times.




Published Sep 5, 2017



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