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Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills has been honored by the Board of Directors of the New York Water Environment Association with the Frank E. Van Lare Award for his outstanding contributions, commitment and exceptional support of...

Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills reminds anyone interested in ordering through the 2014 Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale that the deadline is Friday, March 14.

At my request, the Comptroller’s auditing division has begun a review of the Legislature’s expenditures and budget practices from the past five years. This is long overdue; I don’t recall such a review ever taking place during...

The Erie County Legislature’s Majority Caucus continues to implement initiatives that will improve efficiency and accountability within the Legislature. Starting in March, the entire Legislative staff was placed on the county’s...

This time of year, fire departments across Erie County are holding their annual installation banquets to recognize award honorees and to swear in the new officers.

A native of Western New York and Orchard Park, Legislator John J. Mills graduated from Orchard Park High School and earned a degree in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo. He has spent his adult life in service to the region in general and Erie County in particular. A successful businessman, Legislator Mills is President of J. Mills Distributing Company, a successful food distribution company that he founded over thirty years ago with his wife, Barbara. Very much a family operation, the business has been built with their three grown children and other close relatives into a very successful enterprise, from which John gives back generously to the area with untold donations of food to a myriad of fundraising events and worthy causes throughout the region. He also serves as the President of Quality Food Brokers, M J M Industries and Florida's Finest Food Brokers.

Not content with what he could do for the area from his business, John became involved in Orchard Park government as a member of the Public Safety Committee for a year and then as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals on which he served for four years before being elected to the first of his six four-year terms of office as a Town Councilman. At times during this period, he served as Deputy Supervisor, co-founded the Zoning Commission and served as Chairman of the South Towns Sewage Treatment Agency.

Legislator Mills has further dedicated himself to his community as a lifetime member of the Friends of the Orchard Park Library, as well as a member of the Western New York Food Bank, American Legion, Lions Club (Orchard Park), Shriners, Masons - Lodge #514, Orchard Park Historical Society, and the Greater Aurora and Orchard Park Chambers of Commerce. In addition, John is a former vice-president of the Orchard Park Jaycees and a past chairman of the Quaker Arts Festival. He is a past president of the Orchard Park Lions Club. John's active and deep involvement with good causes and current issues keeps him deeply involved in the community.

In 2005, Legislator Mills was elected to the Erie County Legislature. He took office in January, 2006. In January, 2007, Legislator Mills was elected Minority Leader by his Republican caucus peers and currently holds that office. In 2009, 2011 and 2013 he ran unopposed.

He was elected to serve as Chairman of the Erie County Legislature in 2014 after serving as Minority Leader for several years. He is the first Republican to hold the position in 36 years. 

Legislator Mills serves on the Boards of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is chairman of the Erie County Soil Conservation District and the Erie County Sewer District #3.

He attends governmental meetings in every town and village in the 11th district, and also meets with many groups within those towns and villages.

Since 2006, Legislator Mills has sponsored hot dog roast fundraisers at the libraries in his district to raise funds to support programming and the purchase of materials. At the end of 2012, he reported the roasts had raised nearly $30,000 for libraries in his district.

Personal Information:

Life long resident of Orchard Park. Graduated from Orchard Park High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Buffalo. Married to Barbara McIvor, they have three children - Kim, Jim, and John, and seven grandchildren - Tyler, Brandon, Kennedy, Ava, John, Sienna and Ashton.

Employment:

 
J. Mills Distributing Company President
Quality Food Brokers President
M J M Industries President
Florida's Finest Food Brokers President

Awards:

Food Bank of Western New York Award. 200,000 Ibs. Food Donation
Republican of the Year (2005) – Orchard Park Republican Committee
Public Servant of the Year (2002) - South Town Conservative Chairman Association
Award for Outstanding Service and Achievement - N.Y.Assoc. of Convenience Stores(2004) Western New York Food Broker of the Year (2001)
American Public Works Association - 2011 Elected Officials Award
General Pulaski Association Inc. - 2012 “Unsung Heroes" Award
Orchard Park Post of Fame - 2012 Inductee 

 

Grassroots Government Service:

 
Erie County Legislator, 11th District 2006 -
Orchard Park Town Councilman 2004 - 2005;
  1982 - 2001
Orchard Park Deputy Town Supervisor 1989 - 1997
Co-Founder, Orchard Park
Zoning Commission
1983 - 2001
Chairman, Town of Orchard Park
Zoning Board of Appeals
1979 - 1981
Town of Orchard Park Public
Safety Committee
1976 - 1977
Board of Managers, Eire County
Sewer District #3
2002 - 2005
Chairman, Southtowns Sewage
Treatment Agency
1987 - 2001
Vice Chairman, Southtowns Sewage
Treatment Agency
1983 - 1986

Community Service:

 
Western New York Food Bank 1979 - Present
Friends of the Orchard Park Library Life Member
American Legion 2000 - Present
Lions Club (Orchard Park) 1988 - Present
Shriners 1982 - Present
Masons - Lodge #514 1981 - Present
Orchard Park Historical Society 1994 - Present
Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce 1977 - Present
Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce 2006 - Present