TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - People packed the Kansas Expocentre's Heritage Hall Friday for a chance to shake hands and say thanks to former Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller.
Miller served eight years as Topeka's top cop, stepping down at the end of July as he awaits confirmation of his nomination to become the next U.S. Marshal for Kansas.
Friends and family joined public figures and fellow officers from throughout the state at Friday's gathering in his honor. Many who attended reflected on Miller's time serving the Capital City.
City Manager Jim Colson said Miller had to work to improve the department's image.
"I think the Chief has created a very professional and very well run police department," Colson said. "I don't think there's any better legacy that one can leave behind."
Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast agreed.
"The police, from the officers to the command staff, are held in respect because he has established that aura within a department," Wolgast said.
Miller said he is pleaded to have served the city.
"It's been thoroughly rewarding to be the chief here, so I'm kind of looking forward to what's next," Miller said.
Tony Kirk, who served as deputy chief under Miller, was named interim chief. He and James Brown, the assistant police chief for Kansas City, Kansas, were named the two finalists to succeed Miller. Colson said he expects to make a hiring decision within two week.
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