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A former San Diego officer has been named police chief in Palm Springs, city officials said this week.

Chief Andrew G. Mills of the Santa Cruz department will take over the top job at the Palm Springs Police Department in November.

Mills has been in law enforcement since 1983, when he started as a patrol officer with the San Diego Police Department. According to an Arizona State University biography, as a SDPD lieutenant, Mills supervised and taught problem-oriented policing once the department began practicing the approach in the early 1990’s.

He later served four years as police chief in Eureka before becoming chief in Santa Cruz in 2017.

In a statement, Mills credited his new department with having “a long-standing tradition of inclusive community policing and building important neighborhood and stakeholder relationships.”

“I am honored to be chosen to serve as the next Palm Springs police chief, and I look forward to working with our officers, the community, city manager and council to continue providing an exceptional level of public safety service to the Palm Springs community.”

Former Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Mills to serve on the Board of State and Community Corrections. He also served as executive chair of the California Violence Prevention Grant and on the board of the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing.

“I think he will be able to integrate with our team and community seamlessly,” Palm Springs City Manager Justin Clifton said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience and leadership that, with help from the rest of our team, can take us to the next level.”

Mills takes over the post from Chief Bryan Reyes, who retired in August.

– City News Service

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