Steve McMillan joined the law firm of Bobbitt Pinckard & Fields in June 2013. Prior to joining the firm, he was enjoying his retirement from the San Diego Police Department. Steve comes to the firm with a tenured history in law enforcement, a strong background in labor relations and experience in politics.
Steve has over thirty-two years of professional law enforcement experience working for the San Diego Police Department. He retired in 2011 as a Detective Sergeant. His background includes working patrol as an officer and sergeant; teaching at the academy for both new recruits and advanced officer training; working investigations, including narcotics, sex crimes, robbery, homicide, internal affairs, juvenile; and area command investigations. Steve handled a variety of high profile investigations.
In 1994, Steve was elected to the Poway Unified School District’s Board of Education. During his twelve year tenure, Steve participated in labor negotiations with the three unions representing employees of the district. He was a member of the National (NSBA) and California School Boards Associations, participating in both state and national legislative actions related to K-12 public education. As Trustee, Steve chaired hearing panels for disciplinary appeal hearings of students and employees on a variety of matters.
Steve also served as a Director for the San Diego Police Officer’s Association. He first served on the board in the mid 1980’s. He was the Vice-President and chairman of the Legal Defense Committee. Steve was a member of the initial group of officers to become employee reps when the program was first launched. In 1991, Steve left the board but continued to serve as an Employee Rep.
In 2004, Steve was elected for a second stint on the SDPOA Board of Directors. He served as Vice President and then General Manager of the Association until December 2006. During this time, Steve chaired the Legal Committee and served on the Political Action Committee. He took a leave of absence from the department and managed the day-to-day operations of the association. Steve left the board in 2007 and returned to the Department, assigned to the Vice Unit.
In 2007, Steve was re-assigned to the Internal Affairs Unit of the department. During his two and a half years investigating allegations of misconduct, Steve was regarded as a fair, objective and thorough investigator. He investigated officer involved shootings; allegations of criminal conduct; off duty activities; and a variety of work related allegations of wrongdoing. He defended his findings before the Citizens Review Board and was often sought out when questions arose regarding officer rights.
Steve’s background enables him to delve right in to the defense of those we represent, providing the perspective of a working officer, supervisor, manager and elected official. His attention to detail and strong grasp of investigations will add another level of support for the representation of officers in all matters.