The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Chief Kelly McMillin. His final briefing will be Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall.
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 joined the Salinas Police Department in 1988. As a Salinas Police Officer, Kelly 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, 2012, and was the first Chief to be promoted from within the ranks since 1965.
Since becoming a police officer, Kelly has earned his Associate's Degree from Hartnell College, his BA from Saint Mary's College of California, and his 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" for his work in youth violence prevention in 2012.
Kelly is married to his wife Teresa, a Physician Assistant who owns a cosmetic dermatology practice in Salinas. Their son Liam is a Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point.