Mayor Holloway nominates new police chief

By WLOX Staff

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mayor A. J. Holloway has selected 19-year police veteran John Miller to be the city's next police chief.

Miller is a long-time member of the department and must be confirmed by the city council. The council will consider Miller's nomination at Tuesday's meeting.

Holloway selected Miller after the council rejected Linda Atterberry. Atterberry has been serving as interim chief since Bruce Dunnagan retired earlier this year.

John Miller is the head of the Biloxi Police Department's Special Crimes and Criminal Investigations units.

Miller, a 50-year-old Coast native, joined the Biloxi Police Department in 1990 as a patrol officer, and five years later was named to the department's Special Crimes Unit, where he earned the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant.

Miller is now a captain and has headed the Special Crimes Unit since 1996, and earlier this year, he also assumed command of the department's Criminal Investigations Division.

Miller also serves as the department's critical incident commander, oversees the department's federal equitable sharing and drug-forfeiture accounts and works with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center.

In 2008, Miller launched a cold case squad in the Biloxi Police Department, which has seen the successful prosecution of individuals in previously unsolved crimes.

Miller was selected as Officer of the Year by civic groups in 1993, won medals of merit and valor for his efforts during Hurricane Katrina. He was named first in his class at the University of Tennessee's Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy in 2006, and earlier this year, he was recognized by the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Non-violence with its Law Enforcement Victim Advocate Award.

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