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May 6, 2014 > Mills named Deputy County Executive

Mills named Deputy County Executive

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson

County of Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith has announced the appointment of John P. Mills to the post of Deputy County Executive. Mills began work in his new role on Monday, May 5, 2014.

Mills has provided dedicated service to the residents of Santa Clara County for more than twelve years. He has served as Chief of Staff to District 4 County Supervisor Ken Yeager since Yeager took office in December 2006. As Chief of Staff, Mills advised the Supervisor on all policy matters, including social services, health and hospital system, labor and employment, housing, land use, environment, transportation, public safety and justice, finance, government operations, and state and federal legislation. He also was responsible for managing and supervising the operation of the District Office.
Prior to joining the County, Mills honed his skills with the City of San Jose as District 6 Chief of Staff, working on a wide range of policy issues, including public safety, transportation, capital budget, cultural services, planning and land use.
From 2001 to 2004, Mills was the District Director for 24th District Assemblymember Rebecca Cohn, where he managed all district office operations and designed and coordinated a constituent service and outreach plan to keep residents informed of the AssemblymemberÕs activities, legislative hearings and community events.

For the past several years, during his personal time, Mills has made substantial contributions to community life by serving on various public advisory groups, including the Parks and Community Services Commission, the Housing Advisory Committee, and the Economic Development Advisory Committee for the City of San Ramon in Contra Costa County.

In his role as Deputy County Executive, Mills will coordinate, on behalf of the County Executive, Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations, Public Safety and Justice Committee, Probation, Office of the Sheriff, Medical Examiner-Coroner, Pretrial Services, Office of Human Relations, and the Registrar of Voters.

Mills holds a Master of Science in Genetics from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of California at Davis in 1996. His minor was in history. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Phi Sigma Biology Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Golden Key Honor Society. Mills also was a finalist for the University Medal, the highest honor awarded a graduating senior, and received a Genetics Department Citation for his achievements within his major field of study.

Thirty-nine-year old Mills lives in Contra Costa County with his husband of more than five years, Nathan Lawrence, and their two young sons. His annual salary will be $180,000.

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