Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills, who was charged with misdemeanor harassment, was scheduled to make an initial appearance in Deschutes County Circuit Court today but his attorney, Erick Ward, appeared on his behalf.
Mills allegedly shoved police sergeant Joseph Patnode hard enough for the sergeant’s head to hit the wall behind him. The physical altercation occurred on December 1st while both Mills and Patnode were on duty at the Sunriver Police station. The altercation was witnessed by a Sunriver Police administrative staff member Tiffany Hughes ,who reported the incident to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
The Oregon Department of Justice has also opened an investigation into The 62-year-old , who’s been placed on paid administrative leave by the Sunriver District Board since December 3rd. Mills has served as Sunriver police chief since 2012.
Mills next court date is March 6th at 8:30 am when he’s scheduled to formally enter a plea. Today Judge Bethany Powers Flint ordered Mills to report to the jail to be finger printed before his next court date. She also honored the state’s request that Mills have no contact with neither Patnode nor Hughes.
Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton caught up with Mills’ lawyer Ward at the court house after today’s proceedings.