The search for a police chief for Sneads has come to an end. Mike Miller was announced at the regular monthly meeting of the town council last week as the leading applicant. It was a unanimous vote by the council of four. Danny Pettis had resigned in November due to relocating outside the city limits.
In an interview with Miller this week, he told the Times he was excited for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Sneads. Miller attended Altha High School and graduated from Calhoun County Adult Education in 1998. He attended Chipola College Police Academy in January of 2008.
Miller is well-known in law enforcement in Jackson County. He was initially hired by the City of Marianna in January of 2008 until May of 2018. He had moved to the rank of captain with MPD. From Marianna Police Department, he moved to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. He will officially leave the sheriff’s department December 25.
Miller is very clear on his goals for Sneads, “I want to bring the Sneads Police Department back to being a respected agency within the community and county. I want to see the agency become a very proactive and visible department again. I remember growing up and coming through Sneads and being around this area. Every time you come through this town you saw the members of this department out and about in this community. You didn’t have to question whether this officer was on. I think that’s very important.”
Miller says Sneads Police Department currently has four full time officers and one part-time officer, not including him. The department is operable 24/7 now with the exception of thee midnight dispatch that is handled through the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Miller says that is due to low call volume during that time. Miller said, “For staffing reason and budgetary reasons for Sneads being such a small department, we outsource that dispatch.”
Miller is married to Brittany and they have two small sons. Callen is 20 months old now and he is a new father again of a three-week old son, Easton. Miller is originally from Okeechobee and moved to Altha when he was 15 years old.
The Jackson County TIMES wishes Mike Miller and his family the best in his new endeavor.