Third in command at Tarrant County DA’s office retires

Gregory Miller
Gregory Miller Handout photo

One of the top prosecutors in the Tarrant County district attorney’s office has decided to retire less than six months after getting rehired.

Gregory T. Miller, Tarrant County deputy chief prosecutor, stayed on to help with a recent grand jury presentation, a contentious case that dealt with the fatal officer-involved shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant, Ruben García Villalpando.

That case ended May 18, when the grand jury declined to indict Grapevine police officer Robert Clark, who shot and killed García after a brief pursuit that ended in Euless.

Miller, who declined to comment concerning his retirement, told co-workers that he was leaving to spend more time with his family, said Larry Moore, Tarrant County chief prosecutor. Tarrant County assistant district attorneys Tiffany Burks and Kevin Rousseau will assume Miller's duties after he leaves, Moore said.

“There is no more honest man that I know,” Moore said about Miller.

Miller’s departure is one of dozens that have come under new District Attorney Sharen Wilson, who took office in January, replacing the retired Joe Shannon. At least 26 full-time prosecutors had either resigned, retired or been fired through Feb. 23, according to documents obtained by the Star-Telegram.

Wilson said she does not intend to replace every attorney no longer working with her office. Her goals do not include matching the same number of staff carried by past administrations since office restructuring has combined some positions, eliminated some and created some new roles for employees. The district attorney’s office had 160 full-time attorneys at the end of 2014 and had 151 full-time attorneys as of May 20.

Miller joined the district attorney's office in 1987 after 14 years with the Fort Worth police and worked his way up the hierarchy until he became deputy criminal district chief in 1997. Miller served in that position until 2013, when he left to become a polygraph examiner.

Miller returned to the Tarrant County district attorney's office in 2015 after Wilson took office and resumed his role as deputy chief of the criminal division.

“We have nothing but the utmost respect for Greg, his decision, and his dedication to the citizens of our county, as a police officer, a community leader, and as an assistant district attorney,” Wilson said in an emailed statement. “We wish him only the very best, and he will be missed.”

Managing the DA’s office has proved to be a bigger undertaking than was expected, Moore said.

Currently, office staff is calculating the budget request for the upcoming year, Moore said. Costs savings anticipated from the staffing adjustments made by Wilson in this year may not show up until the 2017 budget year, Moore said.

“There was a degree of comfort having Greg here,” Moore said. “No one had worked here when I was chief here before. Some of our people had not been born yet when I was last chief here. Having Greg here helped bridge that gap. We’re really disappointed that he’s leaving. He is a really good friend.”

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

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