As of Friday, April 25, Ron Mills, Auburn’s Chief of Police, has been temporarily placed on unpaid suspension by Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. Hughes could not comment on the reason for the suspension due to ongoing personnel matters, however, he did say Mill’s suspension will be pending on the outcome of a personnel hearing to be preformed by himself and all applicable attorneys. The date of the hearing has not been scheduled.
Mills was recently issued a summons to appear in court April 16th by District Judge Sue Carol Browning on a criminal harassment complaint filed by his neighbor Jon-Ray Smith. Attorney General Jack Conway designated Harold M. Johns of Todd County as special prosecutor regarding the complaint, which was initially made to Logan County Attorney Joe Ross. Because of Ross’ professional relationship with Mills as a police officer, he could not pursue the complaint due to conflict of interest.
According to Johns, allegations were made in the criminal complaint saying that over an extended period of time Mills allegedly engaged in a course of conduct that serves no legitimate purpose and serves to harass, annoy or alarm the Smith family. 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 arraigned last week and plead not guilty to the charge.
“We will be handling this according to the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS),” said mayor Hughes, who wishes to inform the citizens of Auburn that city police officer Ed Higgens is on duty and the city will continue to have law enforcement protection during this recent action.