A veteran police officer is taking the top job in the Roanoke Police Department at a time when the city is growing quickly.
On Tuesday, the city council named Jeriahme Miller as police chief. He replaces Gary Johnson, who is now the assistant city manager over police and fire.
“I am excited, optimistic and humbled. The Roanoke Police Department has been my second family for over 15 years, and the opportunity to now lead the men and women of our department is an honor,” Miller said.
Miller started as a patrol officer in Roanoke in 2003. He rose through the ranks as sergeant, commander and assistant police chief.
He was also assistant commander and commander of the North Tarrant Regional SWAT team.
Miller graduated from the FBI National Academy, the FBI Command College and the International Law Enforcement Administration’s School.
Miller said he wants to continue building relationships in the community and that he has made an effort to get involved with businesses and the community.
Miller said as the city grows, one of his biggest challenges will be keeping up with hiring, a common issue among police departments.