Kevin Mellor wears several hats for the Maricopa Police Department and was named Officer of the Year for 2016. See photos from the Nov. 5 ceremony in our Community Gallery.
Hometown: Torrance, California, native but raised primarily in Mesa, Arizona
Maricopa resident 2003-08
Occupation: Police Officer – Field Training Officer / Special Response Team
Years on the job: 4½
Family: 2 children
Pets: Oldest child has a Sulcata tortoise, ball python and leopard geckos
Cars: Too many over the years to list and one of my biggest hobbies
Hobbies: Outdoor enthusiast, physical fitness-related events, working on project vehicles
Pet peeves: Vehicle door dings!
Like most about Maricopa: The feel of a small-town community and the overwhelming support shown to Maricopa PD by our local citizens
Like least about Maricopa: The absence of a breakfast-style restaurant that’s open 24 hours. Much needed while on the graveyard shift!
Book: Pretty much anything from Stephen King’s collection
Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Celebrity: Jim Carey
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Nonprofit: National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS)
Food: Slightly cooked red meat
Drink: A good, handcrafted microbrew
Restaurant: Donavan’s Steak and Chop House
Vacation spot: The beaches of Southern California
Quote: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
Joke: Any knock-knock Joke