Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 9/27/21
A high-ranking member of the Chicago Police Department will become the next chief of police for the village of Broadview.
Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson announced Tuesday afternoon that Thomas Mills, a deputy chief with the Chicago Police Department, will be Broadview’s new police chief. Mills will succeed former chief Kevin Eugling, who retired in February after 30 years in the department.
Mills’ appointment is expected to be confirmed by the Broadview Board of Trustees at a regular meeting on Oct. 18.
Mills, who heads up CPD’s Bureau of Counter Terrorism’s Criminal Network Group, oversees more than 600 officers, Thompson said in a statement released Sept. 21. Mills has been with CPD for 31 years. He’s expected to take over the 37-officer Broadview Police Department on Nov. 1, the mayor said.
When Mills takes office, he’ll be Broadview’s first African-American-Japanese police chief, according to the statement.
Thomas Mills, a deputy chief with the Chicago Police Department, will be Broadview’s new police chief. | Provided
“A city and community wants a chief who displays honesty at all times,” said Mills, a life-long Chicago resident. “Integrity and humility are the two most common components of the overall success of a police chief.”
“It would be my job to learn the Village of Broadview while striving to gain the trust from all residents and business owners through an open conversation,” said Mills. “The only way to accomplish this is to be ‘boots on the ground’ both day and night, visiting all communities.”
According to the mayor’s statement, as deputy chief, Mills manages more than 600 “undercover agents targeting violent criminal street gangs and drug trafficking organizations and works with suburban police departments, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Illinois State Police.”
Mills said that in policing, “culture drives behavior, and if the culture of the organization is not in line with the core values of the profession and the highest expectations of the community, then they are meaningless.
“I would work to change the old culture into a new ‘community based’ style of culture that provides a voice to elected government officials, police officers, and members of the community.”