New Police Chief Named

Posted: November 15, 2013

Mayor Victor Marotta announced that Lieutenant Randy Mills has taken the helm as Vernon’s new chief of police. He replaces Roy Wherry, who retired from the police department on October 31, 2013 after a total of 38 years of service with the township.

Chief Mills began with the Vernon Township Police Department in 1990 as a patrolman and served many years as a school resource officer. He became a detective in 1999 and then was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2002 where he served in both the patrol and the administrative divisions. In 2010, Mills was promoted to the rank of lieutenant where he served as the department’s second in command under Chief Wherry and headed all administrative duties. In addition, Chief Mills spent 19 years as the director of the Vernon Police Athletic League and now serves on its board of directors. Mills is also a former member of both the McAfee Fire Department as well as the Vernon Township Ambulance Squad.

In naming Chief Wherry’s replacement, Mayor Marotta stressed that the appointment of the chief of police is one of the most significant personnel decisions to be made. Knowing that the person selected will assume a job with tremendous responsibilities and equally daunting challenges, Marotta said it’s not a decision made lightly.

Chief Mills, his wife, and their three children reside in the Pleasant Valley Lake section of Vernon Township.

Chief Mills’ swearing-in ceremony was held at the Vernon Township council meeting on November 14, 2013. Also on that date Detective Sergeant Brian Jernick was promoted to lieutenant to fill the position which was open due to Chief Mills’ promotion.