The Honorable
steven r. mullins

Commissioner Steven R. Mullins is best defined by his continual service to the people of City of West Haven.  Of all of his activities, there are three constants:  his efforts to deter young people from alcohol and drug abuse, his ability to speak to and inspire young people in pursuing careers in public service and his efforts to promote understanding among racial, ethnic and religious groups.  

Born in Glenwood, Alabama, Commissioner Mullins moved to West Haven's Allingtown Community with his family at age 5.  Enrolled in West Haven Public Schools, he graduated from West Haven High School.  It is here where he began his love for serving the West Haven Community.  His fellow classmates elected him class president three consecutive years.  He was also a member of the Student Government and  a charter member and first co-President of West Haven Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD), which is currently known as Students Against Destructive Decisions.  In his freshman and sophomore years he was a distance runner for the WHHS Cross Country and Track Teams.

Commissioner Mullins graduated from Berkeley College, White Plains, New York with a degree in Business Management.  While at Berkeley, he was elected President of the Berkeley College Chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi, an academic society for business and marketing students.  He was later elected President of the New York State Association of Delta Epsilon Chi.  As State President, he oversaw eleven chapters statewide.  He was also a member of Phi Beta Lambda, the post secondary collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America and the Student Government Association. He was appointed by the College's President to serve on the school's Grievance Committee.  The Grievance Committee held hearings regarding student conduct and made disciplinary recommendations to the administration.

Since graduating, Commissioner Mullins has worked in residential and commercial property management for both the public and private sectors.  He is currently a manager with a New York City based property management firm.

In 1996 Democratic Mayor H. Richard Borer, Jr. crossed party lines to appoint Commissioner Mullins to his Race Relations Task Force in conjunction with the United States Department of Justice.  On that Commission, Mullins served as Chairman of the Police Affairs Sub-Committee.

In 1996-97, Commissioner Mullins worked with the late Police Chief Michael J. Kelly to form the West Haven Police Citizen Advisory Commission.  In a special election, Commissioner Mullins was elected Justice of the Peace by the West Haven Republican Town Committee in 1999.  Since then, he has presided over nearly 600 wedding and vow renewal ceremonies throughout the State of Connecticut.  He has also been active instructing new Justices of the Peace on their duties and responsibilities in office.

In 2002, the West Haven City Council appointed Commissioner Mullins to the West Haven Charter Revision Commission.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the West Haven Community House and the West Haven Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

In November 2006, Commissioner Mullins accepted the invitation of Mayor John Picard to serve on the West Haven Planning & Zoning Commission.  The West Haven City Council unanimously approved his appointment.

Since serving on the West Haven Planning & Zoning Commission, Commissioner Mullins has been striving toward making West Haven a community that welcomes good economic development that will create jobs and a strong, sound tax base for the city.  He is also fighting to have fair treatment to all applicants that appear before the Commission.

Commissioner Mullins was elected  Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission in January 2012.  For six years, Commissioner Mullins served as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Commission.

In May 2012, Commissioner Mullins again accepted Mayor Picard's invitation for another term on the Commission.  In February 2016 he accepted Mayor Edward M. O'Brien's invitation to serve a third term on the Commission. Again, the City Council unanimously approved his re-appointments.

Commissioner Mullins is last President of the former West Haven Green Nursery School Board of Directors. He also served on the West Haven High School Building Committee, where he served as Chairman of the Committee's Finance Sub-Committee.

Commissioner Mullins is a certified State of Connecticut elections precinct moderator.  

In February 2010 Commissioner Mullins was named "West Haven African-American Citizen of the Year, 2010 "by the West Haven Black Heritage Committee at a ceremony in West Haven City Hall.  Since 2016, has served as Program Chairman of the West Haven Heritage Celebration, where the African-American Citizen(s) of the Year are presented.

In February 2011, Commissioner Mullins was honored by the West Haven Black Coalition at it's annual scholarship dinner.  He received a community service award as well as numerous citations from Federal and State officials.

An Anglo-Catholic by faith, Commissioner Mullins is a communicant of West Haven's Church of the Holy Spirit (formally Christ Episcopal Church), where he served as the parish's Senior Warden (top non-clergy administrator) Junior Warden and Vestryman for ten years.  He is also a Eucharistic Minister and a Lay-Reader parish verger and head of the acolyte guild.  

For five years, Commissioner Mullins served on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.  As a Standing Committee member, he was one of five non-clergy advisors to the Bishop.  He is also a charter member and first President of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the  Union of Black Episcopalians. 

In 2013, Commissioner Mullins partnered with Waterbury's Saint John's Episcopal Church  and the Mattatuck Museum to properly bury the skeletal remains of an 18th century Waterbury slave named Fortune.  Mullins organized a ceremony of Laying-In-State at the State Capitol Rotunda in Hartford.  Attending the state service was Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, NAACP leaders, the Episcopalian Bishop of Connecticut and media from around the world.  In his address to the assembly, Commissioner Mullins referred to the late slave as "Mr. Fortune," out of respect to a man that was never bestowed with respect during his lifetime.  He also served as Master of Ceremonies for the Mass of Christian Burial at St. John's and the Internment Liturgy in Riverview Cemetery in Waterbury.

Commissioner Mullins is currently serving as 2018 Worshipful Master of  Annawon Lodege #115, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons in West Haven.  He is a Past President of the Lodge's Fellowcraft Club.  He also served as Chaplain of the Golden Rod #34 Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, AF&AM. 

In 2017, Commissioner Mullins established the "Commissioner Mullins Youth Leadership Award."  This award is presented every spring to two West Haven High School freshmen that have demonstrated leadership in the school and the wider West Haven community.   The honorees are recommended by the school principal.

Since 2004, Commissioner Mullins has been a faithful member of the Allingtown Volunteer Fire Association (Engine 8) in West Haven.

Commissioner Mullins is married with two children, movie actress Nora Mullins, age 14 and Broadway actor Christian Mullins, age 11.

Commissioner Steven R. Mullins with Miss Mondo's Forest School third grade class in the Harriet C. North Conference Room at West Haven City Hall.  The North Room is the location of Planning & Zoning Commission meetings.

The Honorable Mark J. DeGennero, Judge of Probate, District of West Haven administers the Oath of Office to Planning & Zoning Commissioner Steven R. Mullins as his children Nora, age 12 and Steven Christian, age 9 look on.

As Chairman of the Annual West Haven Black Heritage Program, Commissioner Steven R. Mullins presents the 2018 African-American Citizen of the Year Award to Mr. and Mrs. Moses Douglas at West Haven City Hall.

Joined by Mayor Nancy Rossi and School Superintendent Neil Cavallaro, Commissioner Steven R. Mullins presents student awards to West Haven High School Seniors Bobbie James and Kobe Brantley at West Haven City Hall.

Joined by his daughter Nora and Mayor Edward M. O'Brien, in his capacity as Chairman of the West Haven High School Building Finance Committee, Commissioner Steven R. Mullins breaks ground as the ceremonial start of the new construction at the high school.

Commissioner Steven R. Mullins presents the "Commissioner Mullins Youth Leadership Awards" to West Haven High School freshmen Nikki Patel and Brendan Carew.

A member of the Allingtown Volunteer Fire Association, Commissioner Steven R. Mullins is with West Shore Fire Department Lieutenant Dan Johnson at a working brush fire.

In his capacity as West Haven Justice of the Peace, Commissioner Steven R. Mullins swears-in Robbin Watt Hamilton to the West Haven City Council following the death of her brother, Councilman Brent Watt.

Commissioner Steven R. Mullins teaches elementary school children about how West Haven Government operates.