Steven R. Mullins Bio.

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 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.  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 colligiate 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 500 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 unaimously 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.  He is currently 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 President of the West Haven Green Nursery School Board of Directors. He also serves on the West Haven High School Building Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Committee's Finance Sub-Committee and the Alumni Advisory Board of the University of New Haven's Chapter of  the Delta Chi fraternity.

Commissioner Mullins is also a State of Connecticut certified elections 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. 

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) for four years.  He is also a Eucharistic Minister. 

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 founding member and first President of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the  Union of Black Episcopalians. 

In 2013, Commissioner Mullins partnered with Saint John's Episcopal Church  and the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut 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 Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, NAACP leaders, the Episcopalian Bishop of Connecticut and media from around the world.  In his address to the assembly, Mullins referred to the late slave as "Mr. Fortune," out of respect to a man that was never bestowed with respect during his lifetime.  Mullins also served as Master of Ceremonies for the Mass of Christian Burial and the Internment Liturgy in Riverview Cemetery in Waterbury.

Commissioner Mullins is currently serving as Junior Warden 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.  

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

For the past thirteen years, Commissioner Mullins has been married to West Haven Board of Health member Jean Mullins, a registered nurse at a local hospital. Together they have two young children, Nora Elizabeth, age 12 and Steven Christian, age 9.

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.

Commissioner Steven R. Mullins presiding over a meeting of the West Haven Planning & Zoning Commission.

Commissioner Steven R. Mullins congratulates Boy Scout Troop 802 leader Dan Shine for his many years of service to the organization in West Haven.

Commissioner Steven R. Mullins and Mayor Edward M. O'Brien with the Harry M. Bailey Middle School Student Council on the steps of West Haven City Hall.

Commissioner Steven R. Mullins with his children Nora, 12 and Steven Christian, 9 in the Harriet C. North Conference Room in West Haven City Hall.

Joined by Christian Mullins, Commissioner Steven R. Mullins and Dr. Jobey Jacobs cut the ribbon to open the new West Haven Pediatrics.

Commissioner  Steven R. Mullins presents public service awards to West Haven High School seniors Amber Bennings and Jason Frazer at West Haven City Hall.

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