Negotiations with Mills Move Forward

The Sunriver Service District Board agreed to negotiate a potential settlement with Chief Marc Mills during its meeting on Monday.

The Sunriver Service District Managing Board held a public meeting Monday to decide the employment of Police Chief Marc Mills, who was charged Thursday with misdemeanor harassment after an investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice.

According to a statement from Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, Mills, 62, struck Sgt. Joseph Patnode while both men were on duty. Mills stuck Patnode hard enough that he fell into the wall behind him. Another officer who witnessed the incident reported it to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Mills has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 3 and the board is conducting an administrative investigation focused on Mills’ alleged harassment and the culture of the police department.

The board voted on Monday to allow board chair Jim Fister and the service district’s lawyer to negotiate a potential settlement with Mills, who expressed interest in potentially resigning from his position as police chief.

Community members came out on Monday, mostly in support of Mills. Many commented that they would like Mills to keep his job, saying he was beloved in the community both as police chief and as a person.

Hear more from Monday’s meeting with Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton tonight at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Sunriver Police Chief Charged

Deschutes District Attorney John Hummel completed his review today of the Oregon Department of Justice investigation into a incident involving Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills.

Hummel charged Mills with misdemeanor harassment based off accounts of a Dec. 1 incident in which Mills struck Sgt. Joseph Patnode in the chest while on duty at the Sunriver Police Station, according to a press release from Hummel’s office.

The incident was reported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office by another Sunriver police officer.

Mills will have the opportunity to contest the charge at his first court appearance on Jan. 25.

Investigation into Sunriver Police Chief goes to DA

The Oregon Department of Justice has completed their investigation into the allegation made against Sunriver police chief Marc Mills, and has forwarded their findings to Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton spoke with Hummel today, who said he’s currently reviewing over 30 pages of information that will assist him in deciding whether to file any charges. Hummel said he is looking in to one specific incident that has been reported but did not speak specifically about the allegations against Mills.

The Sunriver Service District managing board placed Mills on administrative leave the first week in December, but neither he, nor the investigating agencies will explain what the allegations against him are.

World Renowned Violin Player Teaches Music Lessons

Aaron Meyer is not just another violin player, he’s a one-of-a-kind rock violinist who’s known around the world for his awe-inspiring performances.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has the story of some students from Three Rivers School in Sunriver who had the chance to hang out with Aaron, ahead of his Friday night performance in Sunriver, and learn a little something about music along the way.