BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway made it official Wednesday and announced his choice for police chief. The mayor has nominated Captain John Miller for the job. Miller spent the last two decades at the Biloxi Police department, but it is what he did before that, which may be a surprise.
"I initially started my career as a barber," Miller chuckled.
Ironically, the shop where he worked was just around the street from where the Biloxi police station is located. Miller also spent some time as a roustabout working offshore. In 1990, he decided to try police work.
"The first four or five months, I thought there is no way I will continue to do this," he said.
But the work grew on him, and after a while, Miller realized he loved law enforcement.
"I really enjoy what I am doing," Miller said. "I understand what I am doing. I have worked the flaws out of my management system."
Miller rose within the ranks, and several years ago took command of the special crimes unit investigating crimes like narcotics, prostitution and illegal gambling. Just a few days ago, the mayor told him, he was the choice for police chief.
"I believe I thanked him for his trust, and that was pretty well it," Miller said.
If confirmed by the city council as police chief, Miller will head a department with about 135 sworn officers.