Ken Miller Sworn In As Greensboro Police Chief

6:19 PM, Sep 1, 2010   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- A new chapter in leadership in the Greensboro Police Department starts on Wednesday.

Ken Miller was sworn in as Greensboro's new police chief Wednesday morning at the Greensboro Coliseum's Special Events Center.

He comes from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department where he was the senior deputy chief.

City Manager Rashad Young spoke prior to the ceremony and stressed how important this day is to the City of Greensboro. He said out of the more than 200 candidates, Miller excelled at every turn and was, without exception, the man for the job. Young said Greensboro has gained a leader.

SPEECH: Read Rashad Young's full speech

After the ceremony, Miller joked about the length of the oath, saying he didn't remember it being as long. He went on to say he is humbled to be Greensboro Police chief and accepts the challenges of the job. Among a list of highlights, he said he wants to enhance community trust and make patrol staffing a priority.

SPEECH: Read Ken Miller's full speech

The Greensboro Police Department has seen a shake up over the past month. There have been three terminations within the police ranks.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes explained why an outside chief can help give the department a new beginning.

"I think it's a very big advantage for a person coming in from the outside and starting fresh," said Sheriff Barnes. "And fresh is the key word here. What it comes down to is that they're going to be able to come in without having any preconceived notions about anybody or anything."

Sheriff Barnes sat on the public safety panel that helped select Miller as Greensboro's new police chief.

The sheriff says it was time to go outside of the department for the job.

"With that in mind he can take that leadership role right from the beginning. He can set the pace if you will set the standard, and I think that's going to be very, very important especially with what they have with the Greensboro Police Department at this time," shared Barnes. "This town needs a good police department. Needs a great police department. They have the ability to do just that, and I have high hopes and of course will do anything I can to help them with that."

Sheriff Barnes says an example of success in choosing a candidate outside of the department can be seen at High Point Police Department.

He says the city chose Chief Fealy from Austin, Texas, and High Point Police Department continues to receive national attention for some of its programs.

Ken Miller beat out Lisa Womack for the job. Womack was also a candidate from outside of the Greensboro Police Department.

WFMY News 2

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