VERNON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – Vernon Township Police Department announced Monday that Chief Randy Mills will be retiring on January 31, 2019 after 28 and half years of service to the township.
Mayor Shortway has chosen Captain Dan Young to be Vernon’s next Chief of Police effective February 1st, 2019. Captain Young will be Vernon’s 5th Chief of Police since the department’s inception in 1975.
Chief Mills started with the Vernon Police Department in July of 1990 as a patrol officer. While assigned to the patrol division Chief Mills spent time as a school resource officer and DARE instructor. In 1998 Chief Mills was assigned to the detective bureau and in 2002 Chief Mills was promoted to the rank of sergeant. In 2010 Chief Mills was promoted to lieutenant and he was appointed Chief of Police in November of 2013.
Chief Mills is also a past member of the Vernon Twp. Ambulance Squad and the McAfee Fire Department. Additionally, Chief Mills served as the Director of the Vernon Police Athletic League for 19 years from 1994 to 2013. Throughout his career Chief Mills was trained as a computer/internet crime expert. He received training from the FBI, Secret Service and the National White-Collar Crime Center on computer and internet crimes.
Captain Young joined the Vernon Police Department in July of 2000. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2010 and promoted to Lieutenant in 2014. In 2016 Captain Young was promoted to Captain and has served as second in command of the police department since that time. Captain Young is a graduate of William Patterson University with a BS in Business Management.