By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
At their November 24, 2020, meeting City Manager Michael Ciaravino informed the city council that he selected Jeffery Young to be Mill Creek’s new police chief.
He told them that Young is an experienced law enforcement professional from Arizona, an Army veteran, and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayland Baptist University.
According to Young’s LinkedIn profile, he has served in the City of Phoenix Police Department for the last 25 years, most recently as a supervisor.
Evan Wyloge of Arizona Capitol Times reported that Young oversaw all Phoenix school resource officers in in 2010 when the Arizona State Legislature passed an anti-illegal immigration law barring state or local agencies from restricting enforcement of federal immigration laws.
In his article Wyloge wrote, “Sgt. Jeff Young, who oversees all of the school resource officers in Phoenix, said they are not at school to investigate students as criminals. Their role is to develop positive community relationships, so crime can be prevented instead of investigated, he said.”
Ciaravino also praised Sergeant Robert “Bobby” Phillips for his performance as Acting Police Chief over the past couple of months.
Phillips was assigned this role after Interim Police Chief Scott Eastman was laid off early in October.
Ciaravino said Phillips was very proactive in dealing with recent anti-mask protests targeting Central Market, which caused the grocery store to briefly close.
Mayor Brian Holtzclaw complimented Phillips in his efforts to manage the situation such that the protesters’ First Amendment Rights were protected while addressing Central Market’s concerns for the safety of their customers and staff.