The city of Peoria announced it has chosen Arthur Miller as the city’s newest chief of police.
Miller, the police chief of South Pasadena in Southern California, was one of four finalists vying for the position.
Miller spent more than 30 years with the Los Angeles Police Department before leaving in 2013 to serve as South Pasadena’s police chief.
“Chief Miller not only brings a vast breadth of experience, but his impressive and diverse background, education and achievements make him a uniquely qualified candidate for this position,” City Manager Jeff Tyne said in a statement. “His expertise in community policing and predictive policing as well as his proven track record of crime reduction, align precisely with the goals and priorities of our City Council.”
Mayor Cathy Carlat lauded the city manager’s process in searching for and selecting someone to replace current Chief Roy Minter, who announced his departure in May.
“It was thorough and inclusive of everyone in our community, from citizens to police personnel to state leadership,” Carlat said in a statement. “Chief Miller comes to us with the highest of recommendations, and his extensive expertise will be a significant asset to our growing city.”
Miller is expected to start his new role Sept. 5, after completing his pre-employment and earning approval from City Council.
The new chief’s background
Miller earned a business administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s in organizational leadership from Woodbury University.
With the Los Angeles police, he became a watch commander in 1999 and spent the next decade resolving internal police department conflicts as an ombudsman, working with media in the public information office, recruiting officers, managing reserve officers and leading the internal affairs division.
One of Miller’s efforts while commanding officer over hundreds of staff members was installing a liaison to address issues from the LGBT community.
Miller left in 2013 to become police chief in South Pasadena, a city bordering Los Angeles. There, Miller created the department’s community relations program, added school resource officers and started an outreach program for the homeless.
MIller’s salary in Peoria will be $172,000 annually.
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