After a national search brought in more than 50 applicants, the city of Peoria announced Aug. 7 that South Pasadena Police Chief Arthur J. Miller has been selected to replace the city’s retiring Police Chief Roy Minter.
“Yes, we have a conditional offer out there but there are additional things to be done, but we are prepared to have (Miller) as our next police chief,” City Manager Jeff Tyne said.
Miller, 61, has been police chief in South Pasadena since 2013 and has worked the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Police Department. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from University of Phoenix and a master’s in organizational leadership at Woodbury University.
“Nearly two years ago, my wife, Linda, and I visited our friends that lived in Peoria,” Miller said. “We really liked the neighborhood, people and the beautiful vistas. We knew then that Peoria was the right fit for us. We came back a month later and bought a house.”
He began as a watch commander in 1999 and spent nearly 10 years working as an ombudsman, working on internal police department conflicts, as well as in the public information office. He has also worked as a recruiter while managing reserve officers and leading the internal affairs division.
Miller left the LAPD in 2013 to become police chief of South Pasadena, where he has been for nearly six years. He has been a sworn officer for more than 40 years and has won the LAPD’s three highest awards for bravery, including the Medal of Valor, the Police Medal and the Police Star.
He said he is aiming to jump in when he starts and plans to immerse himself in the department.
“I hope the officers and staff will get to know me rather quickly and I need to hear from all staff to understand how we can work together to make the Police Department and city greater than it already is,” Miller said. “I am committed to being involved in the community, and I plan to be visible and accessible. I have already spoken with (Mayor Cathy Carlat) and councilmembers and have asked each of them to show me their council districts. I want to have a better understanding of the unique needs of each council district. Having this understanding will help me better serve our community and I want to ensure that proper police service is provided at every level.”
The city of Peoria had narrowed its search to four finalists for the position and Tyne said the selection was not easy.
“All four finalists were outstanding in their own right,” Tyne said. “What we saw with (Miller) was someone who carried certain skill sets and attributes for our community. He leads by example and is extremely personable and knowledgeable in law enforcement and trends in law enforcement, and we feel fortunate to have found someone like that.”
Tyne added that Miller’s experience was a key aspect in his selection to replace Minter.
“He has worked in all types of positions in law enforcement, both large and small cities, and done well,” Tyne said. “He is well regarded in the (South Pasadena) community and his command as a leader was what we wanted, and that is why he rose to the top.
“He shined in the interview and stood out above some great candidates. We are excited for him to start and work closely with him.”