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Mill Creek Elementary School student selected as Chief for a Day

Left to right: Ilona McCauley, Alexa McCauley, Greg Elwin, Julie McCauley, and Micah McCauley. Photo courtesy of the City of Mill Creek.
Left to right: Ilona McCauley, Alexa McCauley, Chief Greg Elwin, Chief Julie McCauley, and Micah McCauley. Photo courtesy of the City of Mill Creek.

By Joni Kirk, City of Mill Creek Director of Marketing and Communications.

The City of Mill Creek has another police chief – sort of.

The Mill Creek Police Department recently selected Julia McCauley, a second grader at Mill Creek Elementary, as its honorary Chief for A Day. Chief Greg Elwin and members of the Mill Creek Police Department visited Julia’s class to announce her appointment and to award her with her badge.

“I'm super excited to share this opportunity with Julia and I can't wait to have her help me lead the Police Department,” said Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin.

Chief for a Day is a statewide program hosted bi-annually by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and celebrates the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. The mission is to provide these children with a day of fun that does not focus on their illness.

This is Mill Creek’s first year to participate in Chief for a Day and McCauley will be making ceremonial appearances in the community throughout the next several months.

“This is a great opportunity for the Police department to be involved in another aspect of community engagement, taking part in an awesome program that recognizes one of our kids and gives everyone a chance to recharge their positive batteries,” Elwin commented.

McCauley’s first official appearance will be at the City’s Eggstravaganza event at Heatherwood Middle School on March 31, 2018, where the two Chiefs will meet and greet the public, followed by a City Council introduction on April 3rd.

The young chief will be part of the Memorial Day festivities as well as other summer events, including National Night Out on August 7th. She also will participate in the 2018 Chief for a Day Celebration to be held at the Washington State Police Academy on August 16th, along with other “Chiefs” and “Sheriffs” from around Washington State.

McCauley is a resident of Mill Creek’s Cottonwood neighborhood, where she resides with her mother and father, Ilona and Micah, and older sister Alexa.

Chief Greg Elwin awarding Chief Julia McCauley with her badge. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

Chief Greg Elwin awarding Chief Julia McCauley with her badge. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

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