Police Chief Mikel T. Golden joined the McPherson Police Department in October 2006 as a Patrol Officer. While attending the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center — Class 189, his classmates voted him Class President. In 2008, Chief Golden was promoted to Detective and was selected for the Police Specialty Team (SWAT). Assignments included the McPherson Drug Task Force in 2010 followed by the Assistant Team Leader for the Emergency Response Team in 2018. Police Chief Golden was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant for nearly two years before being promoted to Police Assistant Chief and Commander of the Emergency Response Team in April 2018. On September 30, 2019, Chief Golden was promoted to Chief of Police.
Chief Golden is a Board Member for the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police serving as Sergeant at Arms. He has served on professional boards including the Kansas Gang Investigator Association (KGIA) (Regional Representative), Kansas Narcotics Officer Association (KNOA) (Regional Representative), McPherson County Crime Stoppers (Coordinator), McPherson Police Department Benefit Association (President) and City of McPherson Safety Committee. Chief Golden holds Bachelor of Science Degrees, Magna Cum Laude, in Criminal Justice and in Business Organizational Leadership from Central Christian College of Kansas. He is also a graduate of FBI-LEEDA Trilogy (Supervisor, Command, and Executive Leadership), the Kansas Police Administrators Seminar (KPAS), Leadership McPherson and the KU Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) Supervisor and Command Leadership. Chief Golden is a graduate of the FBI National Academy — Class 284.
Chief Golden is originally from Brooklyn, New York. After high school he served in the United States Navy from 1997 to 2005. Assignments included the USS Independence CV-62; USS Harry S. Truman CVN-75; and NAS Oceana. Chief Golden was selected Sailor of the Year and received several awards for Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism. In 2005, he was Honorably Discharged from the United States Navy. Chief Golden enjoys spending time with his wife, Tina and two daughters, Alanna and Kylie. He is a PADI certified Rescue Scuba Diver and a member of the McPherson AF&AM Masonic Lodge, American Legion Post 24 (Honor Guard), FBI-LEEDA, Kansas Peace Officers Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Currently, Chief Golden is working towards his Master’s Degree with the University of Virginia in Public Safety.