The Salem Police Department announced the promotion of a new deputy chief Thursday.
Lt. Skip Miller, who has served at the department for 17 years and has been in law enforcement since 1997, will be the department’s new deputy chief. Starting Nov. 3, Miller will lead the investigation division at the department, according to a press release from Salem Police.
Miller previously served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division.
Since working with Salem Police, he has been involved with SWAT and mobile response teams. He was awarded officer of the year in 2002 and helped establish the department’s Honor Guard.
The department said that Miller’s interest in a law enforcement career came when he was a student at Western Oregon University, where he graduated.