Mayor Horrigan Announces Planned Departure of Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett at the End of the Year
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~ On September 12, 2023, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett announced Mylett's retirement from policing and departure from the Akron Police Department, effective January 1, 2024. After a national search and public engagement process, Mylett joined the Department in August of 2021. As Chief of the Akron Police Department, Mylett commanded the Department's 454 officers and supervisors, 51 Reserve officers, and 96 civilians (including dispatch personnel).

Mylett grew up on Long Island, New York and served in the Air Force before starting his law enforcement career in 1989 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He steadily moved up the ranks in that Department before becoming Assistant Chief of Police in 2011. He was then hired by the City of Southlake, Texas to serve as Chief of Police where he served until 2015. From 2015 until he started with Akron, he served as the Chief of the Bellevue, Washington Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Midwestern State University in Texas and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University.

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In January 2024, Mylett will be taking on a position in the private sector as well as looking forward to spending more time with family and traveling. Mayor Horrigan expressed his gratitude for Mylett's service to their community during a trying time. "I want to thank Chief Mylett for his outstanding, dedicated service to our community through a very trying time," said Horrigan. "I know Steve to be a man of honor with the utmost care for the communities he has served."

Mylett also expressed his gratitude for being able to serve as police chief for Akron during his 35 years in policing. "I am proud to end my 35 years in policing in Akron," said Mylett. "I want to thank Mayor Horrigan for the privileged opportunity to lead the men and women of the Akron Police Department."

Mayor Horrigan plans to work with the presumptive Mayor's transition team regarding a search for the next police chief. The next Mayor will have the opportunity to lead a search and select the next head of the Akron Police Department. For further information contact Stephanie Marsh at 330-375-2754 or via email at [email protected]

Today marked an important milestone for both Mayor Dan Horrigan and Steve Mylett as they announced that after two years serving as police chief for Akron Ohio, Mylett will be retiring from policing effective January 1st 2024. After joining forces with Mayor Horrigan back in August 2021 after an extensive national search process; Mylett commanded 454 officers & supervisors along with 51 reserve officers & 96 civilians (including dispatch personnel) that serve nearly 200 thousand citizens within their city limits.

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Mylette grew up on Long Island New York & served within Air Force before beginning his law enforcement career back 1989 within Corpus Christi Texas; steadily moving up ranks until becoming Assistant Chief 2011 & then hired by City Southlake Texas where he served until 2015 when he became Bellevue Washington's police chief until joining forces with Akon Ohio's mayor Dan Horrigan two years ago this month.. With Bachelor Applied Arts & Sciences from Midwestern State University & Masters Degree Criminal Justice Leadership & Management from Sam Houston State University; it is no surprise that Akon Ohio was lucky enough have him at helm these past two years..

Mylett expressed his gratitude being able serve as police chief during 35 years policing while expressing optimism future city despite difficult times ahead.. "I am proud end my 35 years policing Akon," said Mylett "I want thank Mayor Horrigan privileged opportunity lead men women Akon Police Department." With new mayor coming into office soon; they will have opportunity lead search select new head Akon Police Department..

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