Harassment charges go forward

Last updated: June 12. 2014 12:49PM - 1044 Views
By - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

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Ron Mills turned in his resignation Tuesday as chief of Police for the City of Auburn in the midst of a legal battle involving a neighbor. Mills said it was time to retire after serving years in both the military as well as law enforcement.

“The city of Auburn has accepted police chief Ron Mills resignation effective Friday, June 27,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “We appreciate chief Mills tenure as the police chief in Auburn and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Mills was brought up on charges of criminal harassment by neighbor Jon Smith in March and is scheduled to appear in court on those charges June 18. Smith claims Mills has acted inappropriately many times and says he has the former police officer on videotape running over barriers he placed on his property with the police cruiser.

Harold M. Johns, Todd County’s attorney, was assigned as a special prosecutor to the case after Logan County Attorney Joe Ross excused himself due to his professional relationship with Mills.

“He has driven way too fast on the road in front of my house where my child plays. I have asked him to slow down and that hasn’t worked,” said Smith, who also claims Mills drives on his property and once drove past him so fast it flung a rock which broke his windshield. Smith said he and his wife have put their house up for sale and will be moving.

Johns said he chose to file the complaint as a criminal violation after reviewing the case. He further stated that his determination was made on the circumstances presented to him and was in his opinion appropriate.

Mills was suspended from the Auburn Police Department on April 25 pending a personnel hearing which was scheduled for Thursday, June 12. The hearing has been cancelled.

Hughes wishes to inform the citizens of Auburn that city police officer Ed Higgins is currently on duty and the city will continue to have law enforcement protection.

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