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The Oregon attorney general has finished investigating allegations against Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills and possible criminal charges could come in early January, according to a statement from Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel.

Mills has been on paid administrative leave since early December, pending the attorney general’s criminal investigation and an administrative investigation conducted by the Sunriver Service District, but neither he nor the investigating agencies will explain what the allegations against him are. In his statement, Hummel said he will review the investigation and decide whether to charge Mills.

“Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and her team conducted a thorough and professional investigation that provides me all the information I require to make a charging decision,” Hummel said. “I expect my review to be completed in the first week of January and at that point I’ll make my decision and explain it to the public.”

Oregon Department of Justice spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson said in an email that the Mills investigation is still an open case, and it’s against department policy to comment on open cases. Hummel’s executive assistant did not immediately return a phone message.

Mills, 62, has served as Sunriver police chief since 2012 and receives an annual salary of $105,882. Before being named the police chief of Sunriver, a 5.1-square-mile unincorporated area southwest of Bend, Mills worked for 38 years at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Bend Police Capt. Cory Darling is serving as interim Sunriver police chief.

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