Kelly McMillin began his law enforcement career in 1984 as a Deputy with the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department. In 1986 he transferred to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department then came to the Salinas Police Department in 1988. As a Salinas Police Officer, Kelly has worked patrol, several gang units, vice/narcotics, administration and various assignments as a detective including homicide. He was a SWAT operator, team leader and tactical commander.
Kelly has held the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander and Deputy Chief. He was appointed Chief of the Salinas Police Department on June 11, 2011 after 24 years of service to the Department, and was the first Chief to be promoted from within the ranks since 1965. Kelly implemented the department’s Ceasefire strategy and is the police department’s representative to the California Cities Gang Prevention Network and the National Forum for Youth Violence Prevention. He also oversees SPD’s many collaborations with nonprofits, faith groups, education, CBOs and many other stakeholders.
Since becoming a police officer in 1984 Kelly has earned an AA from Hartnell College, a BA from Saint Mary's College of California and a Master of Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at California State University Monterey Bay. He is a 2003 graduate of the 213th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Kelly was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in April of 2012.
Kelly is active in the community, volunteering with a number of community events and as a board member for the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Rancho Cielo, the California Rodeo and the Central Coast YMCA. He is an avid cyclist and fitness enthusiast, and enjoys building furniture in his spare time. Kelly’s wife Teresa owns a medical practice in Salinas and their son Liam is very active at his school in Salinas.