Chief Stephen Mills started his Law Enforcement career in 1986 when he enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Policeman. He served as an MP and MP Investigator until 1997, at which time he applied for and was accepted into the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Program (CID). Chief Mills has 25 years of service to the U.S. Army and retired from active duty in March of 2011.
While on active duty Chief Mills served at Ft. Riley Kansas, Ft. Hood Texas, Ft Sill Oklahoma, Taegu and Seoul South Korea, Ft. McClellan and Ft. Rucker Alabama, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and Iraq.
He commanded CID units at Ft Hood Texas, Ft. Rucker Alabama, Ft. Sill Oklahoma, Seoul Korea, and a forward deployed unit in Iraq.
He has served on the protective service details of General Tommy Franks in Brazil, General Richard Myers in the United Arab Emirates, General Eric Shinseki in Mexico, and General George Casey Jr. in Arkansas.
He was assigned to the international Counter Drug Task Force in Seoul, Korea and supervised the Central Texas Counter Drug Task Force which was recognized by the U.S. Justice Department for closing a major methamphetamine pipeline between the Laredo, Texas Port of Entry and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, receiving a letter of commendation from the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Chief Mills was part of the initial law enforcement response to the terrorist attack on Ft. Hood by Major Nidal Hassan; responding to the sounds of gunfire prior to the call for assistance. He then participated in the subsequent investigation receiving a letter of commendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
While deployed to Iraq, Chief Mills developed and served on an international counter high-jacking task force with the U.S., British, and Iraqi Military and Police–protecting the highways in the Eastern Corridor adjacent to the Iran-Iraq border. This task force engaged in multiple armed engagements with criminal gangs and insurgents and was
credited with allowing vital humanitarian and military supplies to once again reach Northern Iraqi cities, towns, and military bases. Chief Mills received the Bronze Star for his actions.
Chief Mills also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Administration and Law Enforcement from Upper Iowa University, where he graduated with honors.
Upon retiring from the Military Chief Mills continued his Law Enforcement career. He has received Advanced Peace Officer, Field Training Officer and Chief of Police and Command Staff certification from the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET). He is currently serving the citizens of Oklahoma as the Chief of Police in Lindsay, Oklahoma.
With his wife Holly and daughters Gracey and Emily, he currently owns and operates Three Mile Ranch, a certified natural beef operation, in Southeastern Grady County, Oklahoma and is active with multiple community organizations to include the VFW, American Legion, Disabled Veterans, Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program, NCBA, Oklahoma Cattleman’s’ Association, Farm Bureau, NRA, Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, Oklahoma Chiefs of Police and Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.