Officers & Staff
Harbor Springs is proud of its law enforcement staff. These men and women patrol our city in patrol vehicles, on foot and on bikes. In addition to handling safety issues, our officers serve as ambassadors to our community.
Police Chief Kyle Knight
Phone: (231) 526-6211 ext. 101
Kyle Knight grew up in St. Johns. He attended the Lansing Community College Police Academy and started working in St. Johns as a patrolman in 1988. Through his tenure he also worked for the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office where he held positions as a K9 Officer, Road Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and finished his career with the Sheriff’s Office as an Administrative Sergeant. In 2014 he was hired as the Police Chief for the City of St. Johns. In addition to being a police officer, Knight coached basketball and was the public address announcer for a variety of sports for the St. Johns Public Schools. Knight took the position of Chief of Police for Harbor Springs in June of 2017 to continue his career in law enforcement while being able to be a grandfather to his grandkids in a neighboring area. He and his wife Denise have two adult children. Knight is honored to have been chosen for this position and takes great pride in the services his department provides.
Officer Steve Timmons
Phone: (231) 526-6211 ext. 103
Born in Kalamazoo, Timmons’s family moved to northern Michigan when he was young. He started his law enforcement career as a Reserve Officer for the East Jordan Police Department, then attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College where he became a certified Officer. Steve joined the Harbor Springs Police Department in 1984. He is married, and is proud to be able to serve this community.
Officer Josh Johnston
Phone: (231) 526-6211 ext. 104
Born in Petoskey, Johnston and his family later moved to Rogers City where he graduated from high school. He then attended Alpena Community College for three years, earning two associates degrees. Johnston continued his education at Lake Superior State University, receiving a BS degree in Law Enforcement. He then attended the Police Academy at LSSU. Working his way through college, Josh worked with the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department as a Certified Marine Patrol Officer, Animal Control Officer and Court officer, then worked for Montmorency County Sheriff Department in Atlanta, MI as a Deputy Road Patrol Officer. In 1999 Johnston joined the HSPD. He is married and has one daughter.
Officer Tyler Swiss
Phone: (231) 526-6211 ext. 512
Tyler is a Harbor Springs native. Tyler is a 2004 graduate of Petoskey High School. Swiss attended Northern Michigan University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2008. Tyler worked for 3 summers as an intern with Petoskey Public Safety while pursuing his degree. Tyler completed the Police Academy at Kirtland Regional Police Academy in 2009. Prior to joining HSPD, Tyler worked for Emmet County Juvenile Court as a Juvenile Probation Officer for over 6 years. Tyler is also a Firefighter with the Harbor Springs Area Fire Department. Tyler is married and he and his wife are very happy that they are able to live and work in the area. Tyler is honored to be able to serve his hometown as a Police Officer.
Officer Tyler Hoff
Phone: (231) 526-6211 ext. 102
Tyler Hoff was raised in the North Dakota/Minnesota area attending college in Minnesota where he received a degree in Criminal Justice and then attended the police academy. Since 2013, Tyler has worked in law enforcement with five years being with the Williston Police Department in Williston, North Dakota serving in road patrol, investigations, and as a member of the Williams County SWAT Team. Tyler met his fiancée at a local coffee shop before she moved back to her hometown in Alpena, Michigan with Tyler accepting an appointment with the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office soon thereafter. Tyler was hired by the Harbor Springs Police Department in 2019 and currently serves as a Patrol Officer. Tyler loves the Harbor Springs area and looks forward to serving the community and meeting all of our residents, property owners, and business owners.
Officer Mitchell McPherson
Phone: (231) 526-6211 ext. 105
Mitchell McPherson was born and raised in Kingsley, Michigan. He attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City where he graduated in the spring of 2020 with his Associate Degree. Mitchell was hired to the Harbor Springs Police Department in June of 2020. In his free time Mitchell enjoys being outside, staying active, and to spending time with family. Mitchell looks forward to assisting the residents and visitors of Harbor Springs.
Officer Lyle Reece
Phone: (231) 526-6211 ext. 511
Officer Reece is a part time patrol officer for the Harbor Springs Police Department. Lyle started with the department in the summer of 2003. Prior to his appointment with the Harbor Springs Police Department, Lyle worked for the City of Grosse Pointe. Lyle is married and has three children. Lyle graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Marine Officer Dean Cosens
Phone: (231) 526-6211
Dean Cosens has lived in Harbor Springs his whole life. He joined the Harbor Springs Police Reserve Unit in 1979, donating his time to assist the department with its every day duties. He became a certified marine officer in 1981 and has been patrolling the waters of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan ever since.
Emily Britton – Administrative Assistant
Phone: (231) 526-6211 ext. 510
Emily has lived in Northern Michigan her entire life. Prior to joining Harbor Springs Police Department, she worked at North Central Michigan College Fitness Center for over 9 years, and then moved on to be a Legal Secretary for the Emmet County Prosecutors Office where she worked for over 7 years. Emily’s hobbies include camping, hiking, and canoeing. She is married with one daughter.