Former Police Chief Ken Miller arrived in Greenville with high accolades but left with the department in turmoil after an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
He gave up his post as the city’s top cop on Tuesday following discussions with City Manager John McDonough.
A seven-month investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division found no criminal wrongdoing by Miller, but it found evidence he was untruthful and gave preferential treatment to a wealthy businessman who was a donor to the city.
Here’s a look at Miller’s time in Greenville:
► September 2014: Miller took over as Greenville’s 26th police chief after leaving his position as chief of the Greensboro Police Department in North Carolina.
► October 2016: Miller was elected to serve as the president of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association.
► May 2017: Miller led efforts to equip all police officers in field operations with body-worn cameras.
► Aug. 30, 2018: A “wealthy businessman” was charged with public intoxication before Miller and Interim Capt. Jason Rampey acted to get his charge dismissed.
► May, 16 2019: The State Law Enforcement Division launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Greenville Police Department.
► Sept. 23, 2019: Miller’s most recent job performance evaluation included comments from city supervisors related to an ongoing investigation, citing issues of perceptions of favoritism, morale and high turnover.
► December 2019: Miller’s salary before resigning was $159,536, according to his most recent employee evaluation obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
► Dec. 19, 2019: Miller and Rampey were placed on paid administrative leave following the outcome of SLED’s investigation, which found no criminal wrongdoing but evidence that Miller and Rampey were not truthful to SLED agents.
► Dec. 31, 2019: Miller agreed to step down. A city spokesperson announced Miller’s resignation following discussions with City Manager John McDonough.
Daniel J. Gross is an investigative watchdog reporter focusing on public safety and law enforcement for The Greenville News. Reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @danieljgross.
This article originally appeared on The Greenville News: Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller: Timeline with the Greenville Police Department
Published at Tue, 31 Dec 2019 15:04:05 +0000