Elected by the association’s nearly 30,000 members, Mills leads the association with APWA’s new President- Elect, Jill Marilley, HDR Senior Construction Manager in Bellevue, Washington, and immediate Past President Ron Calkins, PWLF, Public Works Director (retired) of Ventura, California. Mills continues his six years of service on the 17- member Board of Directors, and will also serve as the Past President during 2018-2019.
Mills has a 32 year working career, and has been the Director of Public Works with the City of Germantown, Tenn., for 13 years. His duties include the direct supervision of the programs and personnel associated with the following areas: Animal Control; Parks/ROW Grounds Maintenance; State Street Aid; Stormwater Maintenance; Street Maintenance; Water Production and Distribution; Sewer Collection; and many utility-related CIP projects. Prior to becoming the Director of Public Works, Mills served the City of Germantown as Assistant Director of Public Services for seven years and Solid Waste Coordinator for six years. He has spent his entire working career with the Germantown Public Works Department.
Mills has been an APWA member since 1989. At the chapter level, he served as the Tennessee Chapter’s West Branch director for six years, working through the chapter’s officer positions until becoming Chapter President in 2005. He served as the Chapter Delegate from 2000 through 2010, and also served on the chapter’s Membership, Awards, Education, and Past President’s Advisory Committees. At the national level, Mills has served on the Board of Directors for the past six years as Director of Region III (five years) and President-Elect (one year). He served three years on the Membership Committee and two years on the Transportation Committee, chairing the Roadway Safety Subcommittee for both of those years. He served as Board liaison to the Small Cities/Rural Communities Committee for two years, served as a member of the Finance Committee for the past two years, and served as Board liaison to the National Equipment Roadeo Exploratory Committee. In 2008, Mills was selected to the House of Delegates Executive Committee and was named HOD Chair in 2010-11.