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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 20, 2017

Fairfield officer sworn-in

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Aug 31, 2017
Courtesy of: David Fannin Mayor Pro Tempore John Revolinski swears in Fairfield police officer Ryan Mills during Monday’s city council meeting.

On Monday, during the Fairfield City Council meeting, council member John Revolinkski swore officer Ryan Mills into to the Fairfield Police Department. Revolinski filled in for Mayor Ed Malloy who was absent.

“We interviewed around 15 candidates,” said Chief Dave Thomas today. Thomas said around 30 candidates applied for the position. However, only half made it through the initial screening process, which includes a background check, physical and written questionnaires and testing.

Mills was selected out of a list of seven remaining candidates.

“It’s something they should be very proud of if they make it to where we offer them a position,” Thomas said, adding that so far, Mills’s performance has been “impressive.”

Mills, 29, grew up in Washington and he graduated from Washington High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the infantry for 3.5 years.

“After I got out of the Army, I moved up to Cedar Rapids and graduated from Kirkwood Community College with my Associate of Arts degree,” Mills said. “After that, I went to Mount Mercy University and got my B.A. in criminal justice.”

Mills is married to Jennifer, and the couple has two daughters Natalia 8, Adriana, 1.

“I haven’t moved to Fairfield yet. I’ve been traveling almost everyday, but I stay in Washington a coupe of nights per week,” he said.

Mills, who was hired in early August said that he’s happy about his decision to join the Fairfield Police Department.

“After I got out of the Army, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do, and law enforcement was the closest thing that interested me,” he said. “The Army didn’t allow me to have that interaction with people, because I didn’t meet new people every day and that’s really what attracted me to law enforcement. I love it and I’m very happy.”

Thomas said Mills is replacing officer Jay Zeizer, who retired recently after 30 years on the force. Mills is currently in the process of beginning his field training.

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