Detective/Sergeant Joseph McMillan of the Mt. Pleasant Post has been recognized as the Michigan State Police 2020 Trooper of the Year. The Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.
McMillan currently serves as a detective sergeant assigned to the Mt. Pleasant Post, often handling high profile cases as well as mentoring fellow troopers. State Police officials said he exhibits professionalism in his investigations and management of them and is always willing to provide guidance to law enforcement partners.
McMillan coaches youth sports, serving as a fifth-grade basketball and baseball coach. He and his spouse host biweekly meetings to mentor to married couples, where they provide advice, a listening ear and support.
McMillan enlisted with the MSP in 2008, graduating as a member of the 121 st Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Mt. Pleasant Post, he served at the former Bridgeport Post, as well as the Tri-City Post.