In the summer of 1982 Kris Johnson began his career with the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office as a seasonal deputy assigned to work in the dispatch center and jail. For the following two years he worked in the Sheriff’s Office on a part time basis until graduating from Hamline University in 1984. .
In 1984 he was hired as a full-time jailer/dispatcher with Goodhue County and continued to work in that capacity as well as filling an open seasonal position working as a water patrol deputy. In 1988 he was recognized by the Minnesota DNR as a co-recipient of a statewide award for his efforts in making Goodhue County’s waters a safer place..
In 1994 he was promoted to a patrol deputy position and shortly thereafter was assigned to work as a school liaison officer serving students in the Pine Island and Kenyon-Wanamingo school districts..
In 2000 he was promoted to Operations Sergeant and supervised the development and expansion of the water patrol, snowmobile, and ATV enforcement programs while at the same time coordinating the day-today operations of the Sheriff’s Office via procurement, grant management, budget preparations, and the management of accounts payable..
In February of 2011 he was promoted to the position Patrol Commander where he provided administrative, supervisory, and technical assistance in the operation of the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and its specialized law enforcement programs.
In January of 2015 he was appointed by Sheriff McNurlin to serve as Chief Deputy. The Chief Deputy serves as second in command in the overall Sheriff’s Office organizational structure. The Chief Deputy is responsible for administrative duties, such as the handling of personnel matters, drafting policy and procedures, assisting in short-term and long-term organizational vision, budgetary considerations, and the direct supervision of each Division Administrator, Commander or Supervisor..