Tim Eggebraaten

Tim Eggebraaten

Tim Eggebraaten has been a police officer since 1992 and had many different roles during his career with the Detroit Lakes, MN Police Department – DARE Instructor, Patrol Sergeant, Investigative Sergeant, K-9 Handler, and Chief of Police from 2011 to 2016. Tim retired from the DLPD in November 2016 after 24 ½ years in law enforcement and 3 years as a correctional officer. Tim and his wife, Denise, make their home in Detroit Lakes. Tim began talking about his own career path and leadership journey in 2016 and found that talking with others about personal and emotional topics greatly helped his own healing process and learned that others could benefit from knowing that they are not alone in their own journey. Tim will talk (and sing) with your organization about keeping the harmony in our lives and finding that balance to succeed in all aspects of our lives. Tim has spent many years performing as a one-man band and will use the power of music during his presentation to inspire and move your audience.

Most Requested Programs

Finding Your Beat, the Rhythm of Life
Tim Eggebraaten knows the importance of paying attention to the rhythm of life. Having worked in the Criminal Justice field for 28 years, he is an expert at Working the Beat; and has learned through experience the value of discovering the harmony in it all. We all face challenges that create our own beat in life when balancing family, careers, and struggling to find time for ourselves and our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Prepare to be energized, inspired, and entertained as “The Off-Duty Chief” shares strategies and tactics for finding YOUR RHYTHM!


"I heard about Tim from another speaker and hired him to come to speak to the national vital records leaders at our 2019 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Public Health Professionals and Information Systems in Columbus, OH. Tim was our keynote speaker for 350 statistical and government vital records staff from all 57 U.S. jurisdictions. Tim's presentation, "Finding Your Beat, the Rhythm of Life." was amazing. He opened the presentation with music and song and within a short while we were laughing, crying, and connecting with him and each other. Tim was funny yet extremely honest and serious when he provided tips for all of us to find or reclaim our rhythm in life. Later that evening we enjoyed an encore with him playing guitar and singing. I'd recommend Tim to present to any group, anywhere!" - Molly Mulcahy Crawford, State Registrar at Minnesota Dept. of Health, Office of Vital Records

"I was honored to have Tim Eggebraaten come and speak with my school's staff to start off this new school year. Tim's message of "Finding Your Beat, The Rhythm of Life" resonates to EVERY workplace, especially during these challenging times caused by COVID-19. Tim's message is a stark reminder that, while we work every day to do what is best for kids, we also need to remember to take care of ourselves. His message is delivered in a comforting, welcoming, and engaging style that makes most of us remember our upbringings and is intermixed with his significant musical talents formed from that same upbringing that invites all voices. Tim is genuine. He speaks from real-life moments that have changed him over the years: those that have brought him to his knees and also helped him stand back up and be the person he is today, willing and ready to share his experiences. Tim Eggebraaten is, far and away, the best professional development I've shared with my staff in 22 years as a school principal. Seriously... book him!" -Steve Morben, Eight Mile School District.

"Tim provided entertainment during a social hour prior to our annual awards banquet and was outstanding. His talent and comfort in providing his gift is evident in his performance. He made everyone feel welcome and relaxed. Tim also gave a presentation to attendees at the banquet and was spot on with his message. He not only was humorous but thought-provoking and related the message directly to audience members. I know many came away changed by his message and will find more meaning in their rhythm of life. Thank you, Tim, for bringing your message to our association and for being an inspiration!" - Kelly Piper President Oregon Emergency Management Association

"What an amazing experience! Tim captured our audience so well and was very easy to work with. His inspiring message is appropriate for all audiences. What talent he has! Thanks so much for an amazing presentation to the North Dakota Medical Group Management Association!" - Renee Moch

"Wow! Wow! Wow! As an association, we are in a better place because of the message you shared! Thank you for your positive and uplifting message. We heard nothing but great comments regarding your keynote address. Thank you for spending some time with us in Moab and may our paths cross again soon!" - Chris Lindquist, Utah Emergency Management Association.