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Police stopped Kevin Mills at around 10:15 p.m. Friday on Debok Road in West Linn, officials say

MILLSLake Oswego Junior High School Principal Kevin Mills was arrested in West Linn on Friday night for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

According to the West Linn Police Department, Mills was stopped while driving on Debok Road at around 10:15 p.m. Friday by Officer Adam Simms. No further details were immediately available, Public Information Officer Jeff Halverson told The Review, although police records show Mills' blood-alcohol level was .10 when he was stopped. (The legal limit is .08.)

Mills was booked into Clackamas County Jail and released on $7,000 bond Saturday after being charged with DUII.

Mills is in his first year as principal at LOJ after announcing in July 2018 that he was leaving his position as principal at West Linn High School to make the move to the Lake Oswego School District. During his 10 years in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, he also worked as an assistant principal at WLHS and served for one year as athletic director.

Christine Moses, the LOSD's director of communications, told The Review on Saturday night that district officials planned to meet with Mills on Monday morning and would have no comment until then. That meeting apparently did take place, followed by an email to the community from Superintendent Michael Musick.

Musick called the incident "very disappointing and unacceptable behavior for any of our employees, especially when it involves one of our principals." But he characterized it as "a personnel issue" and said the district would have no further comment.

He did refer, however, to a letter of apology that Mills emailed to the LOJ community on Saturday night, which was then forwarded to the entire district by Moses. Here's what Mills wrote:

"I need to write and express my sincere apology about an incident that occurred Friday night that does not live up to the expectations I have of my character.

"Last Friday night, I was cited with a DUI by West Linn police. A breath test estimated my blood alcohol content at 0.10 (the legal limit is 0.08). There was no accident and I cooperated fully with law enforcement that evening. The district administration is aware and I have been in contact with them.

"Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense, and I understand the dangers and the irresponsibility of drinking and driving. At no point should I have gotten behind the wheel.

"I am disappointed in myself and embarrassed to have represented myself in this manner. As with any incident that occurs, it is important that we learn from our mistakes and grow as a person. I can assure you that this has been a life lesson for me.

"I understand that leading Lake Oswego Junior High comes with an expectation that you can trust your principal maintains the highest level of integrity. It is my commitment to continue to portray the strong characteristics that I believe I have as a leader and rebuild trust with our families and community.

"I love being a part of this community and look forward to continuing to support your kids."

Mills also reached out directly to LOJ students, telling them that "I look forward to showing you how I can be a better person after all of this."

Mills also reached out directly to LOJ students, telling them that "I look forward to showing you how I can be a better person after all of this."

In his email to the community on Monday morning, Musick said he had recieved "a number of responses" from community members to Mills' apology, many of whom offered him advice on his next steps.

"As always, I value and appreciate parental input and suggestions," Musick wrote. "With that said, we need to take time for self-reflection and discussions with our children and families so we can collectively learn from this mistake. This is a part of restoring trust, but also providing space for our grace and kindness toward the individual who transgressed."

Moses echoed those remarks, telling The Review that Mills was still an employee of the district but that, because of state privacy laws, she could not say whether he faced suspension or other disciplinary action over the arrest.

Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Sam Stites at 503-479-2378 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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