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New Martinsburg chief of police sworn in

Kevin E. Miller replaces Theodore C. "Ted" Anderson, who retired in March

May 13, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Martinsburg Police Sgt. Kevin E. Miller became the agency's new police chief at midnight Thursday.

Miller, 40, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was sworn in at Thursday's regular City Council meeting by City Recorder Sharon A. Flick.

"I just appreciate you all giving me the opportunity," Miller said after taking the oath of office. "It's a monumental time in my life, and I just want to thank my family for supporting me and I thank the council for giving me the opportunity to do this job."

In an interview after the meeting, Miller said becoming a police chief was something he has wanted to accomplish in his career and realized he had the opportunity through the city's internal application process. Miller has been employed with the police department for 17 years.

Miller was one of two applicants for the job from within the department, according to City Manager Mark Baldwin.

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A graduate of Hedgesville High School, Miller said he decided to go into law enforcement when he was a teenager. He attended Concord College in Athens, W.Va., from 1987 to 1989 and the West Virginia State Police Academy in 2004.

"It was just something that I always wanted to do," Miller said.

No one in Miller's family was in law enforcement, but his mother, Sandra L. Miller, has served as a Berkeley County magistrate for several years.

Kevin Miller has worked for the police department since December 1993, holding the rank of patrolman until 1996, when he was promoted to corporal. At that time, he assumed detective and investigation duties. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Since then, Miller has been coordinator of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a regional law enforcement group comprised of officers with the West Virginia State Police, Berkeley County and Jefferson County sheriff's departments.

In announcing Miller's appointment, Baldwin also noted that Miller completed several specialized training courses and law enforcement training classes over the last several years.

"I want you to know that we're behind you 100 percent," Mayor George Karos told Miller.

Miller's wife, Carol, attended the ceremony.

Miller replaces Theodore C. "Ted" Anderson, who retired in March after 12 years as chief and more than 30 years with the department.

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