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
Police Chief Mikel T. Golden joined the McPherson Police Department in October 2006 as a Patrol Officer. He attended the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center — Class 189 as 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 holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice and another in Business Organizational Leadership from Central Christian College of Kansas. He is 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 also a graduate of the FBI National Academy — Class 284.
Chief Golden is a Board Member for the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police serving as 2024 Vice-President. He has served on professional boards including the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Mutual Aid Conway Group, the McPherson/Harvey County Community Corrections Board, Kansas Gang Investigator Association, Kansas Narcotics Officer Association, McPherson County Crime Stoppers, McPherson Police Department Benefit Association, and City of McPherson Safety Committee. He also attends local Behavior / Mental Health meetings with local industry, businesses, and groups.
He is a PADI certified Rescue Scuba Diver and a member of the McPherson AF&AM Masonic Lodge, American Legion Post 24, FBI-LEEDA, Kansas Peace Officers Association, FBINAA National and Kansas/Missouri Chapter, Kansas Association of Chief’s of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).