Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- The City of Greensboro won't be looking for a Police chief any time soon. Late Tuesday, the city announced that Police Chief Ken Miller, who is eligible for retirement in March of 2014, and the city have reached an agreement to keep Miller in his role as chief of police.
As part of the agreement, Miller will get a new yearly salary of $175,500, which starts November 1. His current salary is $148,311.
City Manager Denise Turner Roth released this statement about the deal to keep Chief Miller: "Chief Miller's commitment to serving the residents of Greensboro has made our city a safer and more engaged community," says Roth. "Under Chief Miller, the relationships between the police department and community have improved, crime is down across the city, and the men and women of our police department have focused on keeping Greensboro safe and secure. We're moving in the right direction as a department and we need to maintain our leadership to help us continue our positive growth."
From City of Greensboro News Release:
Miller's annual salary increase partially offsets an approximate $38,500 separation allowance he would have been paid by the City upon his planned retirement in March, 2014. This special separation allowance is required by North Carolina Retirement System, only available to law-enforcement officers, and would have been available to Miller in March, 2014 when he would have completed 30 years of credible service. Under the provisions of the law, Miller (50) and other law enforcement officers are eligible to receive the benefit until the age of 62.
Roth says Chief Miller wants to stay as Greensboro's police chief and the City did not want to penalize him financially for making that choice. "The alternative would have been to allow Chief Miller to retire, pay the separation allowance, and start the process of finding a replacement. In weighing the best decision for the City, I have elected to have Chief Miller remain in his capacity and continue his and the GPD's effective work. In doing so, we have reached a mutually beneficial agreement and increased his salary by approximately $27,000 (to $175,500 per year) to help offset the loss of the allowance."