Outgoing TPD Chief: "It's Time For Me To Move On"

Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller is closing one chapter and opening another.

"It's time for me to not overstay my welcome, it's time for me to move on," said Miller.

Wednesday night, he appeared at his last meeting at the Law Enforcement Center as he moves on with his nomination for the US Marshall of Kansas.

As Miller waits for the U.S. Senate to confirm his new position, he reflects back on the past 8 years as Chief of the Topeka Police Department.

He says he will never forget the most devastating moment of his tenure.

"The absolute lowest point in my career is certainly the deaths of David Gogian and Jeff Atherly in December of 2012. That was a tragedy that I hope nobody ever has to experience again," said Miller.

Yet, Miller says reducing crime and creating safer neighbors in Topeka has been the highlight of his time as Chief.

"We have taken hundreds of violent felons off the street. It's a great community. It has been an honor for me to serve as Police Chief.
I look forward to whats next," said Miller.

Right now, the Interim Police Chief is Lieutenant Tony Kirk. Chief Miller says it could take several weeks before we find out who the new permanent police chief will be, but he did say the department will be left in good hands.

A reception will be held for Chief Ron Miller on Friday, August 8th at Heritage Hall from 12-3 p.m.