City of Peoria selects Police Chief, pending council’s approval

PEORIA – After a national search, resulting in 55 applicants and narrowed down to four finalists, the City of Peoria announced that Art Miller has been selected to be the new Peoria Police Chief. He will not officially begin his employment until the Peoria City Council approves his hiring at the September 4 council meeting.

Miller spent the majority of his career, from 1978 to 2012, with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). For 20 years, he held upper-level management and leadership roles in the LAPD. For the past five years, he served as Chief of Police in South Pasadena, Calif.

“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,” said City Manager Jeff Tyne. “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.”

Miller is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the U.S. Army West Point Leadership Program. He holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Woodbury University and an Undergraduate in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

“The City Manager’s process for filling the important position of Police Chief, left no stone unturned,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “It was thorough and inclusive of everyone in our community, from citizens to police personnel to state leadership.”

In his time with LAPD, he presided as the Commanding Officer over a 300-member special operations team including units from SWAT, K-9, Horse Mounted, Underwater Dive Team, Crime Suppression and Security Detail.

He also served as Commanding Officer of two large metropolitan areas of L.A. and as Officer in Charge of Internal Affairs, Reserve Officer Recruitment, Public Information Office, Detective Division and the Office of the Ombudsman.

While serving as Police Chief in South Pasadena, his proactive approach to community and predictive policing led to five consecutive years of reduced crime rates.   Pending required pre-employment exams and Council approval, Miller is expected to start with Peoria on September 5.

“Chief Miller comes to us with the highest of recommendations, and his extensive expertise will be a significant asset to our growing city. I hope residents will join me in welcoming Chief Miller as he takes the reins as Peoria’s Chief of Police.”