Prior to beginning his tenure with Cuyahoga County, Mills served as the Commanding Officer for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Unit Cleveland where he helped monitor the U.S.-Canadian border

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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald today congratulated Ken Mills on taking office as Cuyahoga County's new Director of the Department of Public Safety and Justice Services.

Mills will take responsibility for the leadership and oversight of all activities of the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Safety and Justice Services, including the divisions of Administration, Emergency Management, Custody Mediation, REDSS, and the Witness Victim Services Center.

Mills will also work in tandem with community partners and stakeholders to advance the Department's various goals and initiatives.

Prior to beginning his tenure with Cuyahoga County, Mills served as the Commanding Officer for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Unit Cleveland where he helped monitor the U.S.-Canadian border, 130 miles of coastline, and three deep-water ports.

Mills has also helped lead more than 100 major responses and declared disasters, as well as responding to suspected anthrax, chlorine, and ricin incidents onboard vessels and at government facilities. Following Hurricane Rita, Mills served as deputy incident commander for the Lake Charles Incident Command. Among other crises, Mills also helped coordinate response efforts for Hurricane Katrina and the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster.

Mills began his career in the Coast Guard in 1987. A graduate of Thomas Edison University, Mills later earned his MBA from the University of North Alabama in 2007.

"I am honored to welcome Ken Mills as Cuyahoga County's new Director of Public Safety and Justice Services," said FitzGerald.

"With more than 25 years of experience developing emergency response and preparedness initiatives for the U.S. Coast Guard, Ken possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience that will provide significant benefits for Cuyahoga County. I congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to working with him."

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