Sutherlin Police Dept. under new leadership

(File/SBG photo)

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- Troy Mills has been appointed Sutherlin's new Chief of Police by the city manager, officials said last week.

Chief Mills replaces recently retired Chief Kirk Sanfilippo.

“I’ve been watching Troy now for over five years”, said City Manager Jerry Gillham,” and he has at all times performed his assigned responsibilities far beyond expectations.

“During his interim period of service, once again he did not disappoint, making the decision to promote him to Chief of Police an easy one.”

Although he's been serving in his new position for several weeks, on Thursday, October 19, Mills participated in a swearing-in ceremony for himself, newly promoted Captain Kurt Sorensen, and two new police sergeants, Ben Woodward and Vaughn Raines.

City of Sutherlin said in statement that Chief Mills is well qualified to be the Sutherlin Chief of Police.

The City issued this information in their statement:

Chief Mills is a United States Coast Guard military veteran and 17 year Law Enforcement veteran. He graduated from Roseburg High School in 1990, and attended Western Oregon State until he sustained an injury in football ending his educational effort. In 1991 he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and was assigned to the USCG Cutter Elderberry in Alaska. There he conducted repairs on navigational aids and conducted Law Enforcement boarding’s on commercial and recreational vessels. In 1993 he was transferred to Station Umpqua River in Winchester Bay. After a short period, he gained the status of Boatswains Mate 3rd Class and Officer Of the Day. Those duties included the oversight and supervision of 42 Coast Guard members, 8 Motor Life Boats, and overseeing the operations of both Station Umpqua River and Station Siuslaw River. He took part in hundreds of Search and Rescue Missions saving the lives of many individuals earning him the Commandants Letter of Commendation and Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation. He also attended several schools and became Winchester Bay’s Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner.
Prior to entering law enforcement with Sutherlin, Chief Mills was a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Mercy Medical Center, before finally realizing he wanted to get back into Law Enforcement which was his true calling. He served for the Department of Veterans Affairs and attended the Federal Law Enforcement Academy (FLEA) and became a certified Federal Law Enforcement Officer. During his career there he excelled and became an instructor in several law enforcement disciplines.
After a few years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Sutherlin Police Department offered Chief Mills a job as a police officer. Chief Mills was a reserve in Sutherlin from 1997-1998 and loved the community, so he was excited at the chance to be employed as a fulltime police officer. Chief Mills plans to stay and retire from the Sutherlin Police Department. Chief Mills has served as a Police Officer, Police Sergeant, and Police Lieutenant for the Sutherlin Police Department. “I am honored to serve the City of Sutherlin and its residents as the Chief of Police,” stated Chief Mills.
Chief Mills is happily married to his wife Sarah and together they have two wonderful children, Wyatt and Garrett. They spend their spare time together doing outdoor recreation such as camping, hunting, and OHV (Off-Highway Vehicles) recreation.
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