As the chief law enforcement officer of Ionia County, the sheriff enforces the laws of the state, supervises the deputy sheriffs, operates the county jail, provides security for the trial courts, enforces marine safety, maintains local criminal records, and serves civil process.
Sheriff Miller has 30 years of law enforcement and administrative experience with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being elected as Sheriff in 2012 Miller served the citizens of Ionia County as undersheriff, a deputy sheriff, narcotics investigator, sergeant, lieutenant and detective lieutenant. As undersheriff, Miller secured state and federal grant funding to purchase electronic fingerprinting, in-car computers and a mobile records management system that allows the sheriff’s deputies to be more effective and efficient while on patrol.
Since being elected to the office of Sheriff, Miller has made a driving simulator and a seat belt convincer available at several community events to demonstrate the necessity of seatbelts firsthand as well as educating young drivers of the dangers of distracted driving. Miller has added a mounted division to the volunteer posse for use during the Ionia Free Fair and other special events throughout the county as well as assisting with search and rescue operations.
Miller graduated from Lansing Waverly High School and Lansing Community College with an associate’s degree in business. He then graduated with his law enforcement degree from the 25th Mid-Michigan Police Academy in Lansing. He received additional law enforcement training at Michigan State University where he was certified in accident reconstruction. Further, Miller completed the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, the 222nd FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and recently the U.S Department of Justice Executive Development Program, National Sheriff’s Institute 105th Class Aurora, Colorado.