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					                                    William Z. Miller
                                  Public Safety Director
                              Emergency Management Director
                                 DeKalb County, Georgia

Director William Z. Miller was born and raised in Atlanta and has permanently resided in
DeKalb County for over 20 years. He has two daughters, ages 26 and 21. He attained his
Bachelor of Science Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Criminal Justice from Georgia State
University, Atlanta, GA., and his Law Degree from Georgia State University College of Law,
Atlanta, GA.

Director Miller has over twenty Five (27) total years of law enforcement/prosecutorial experience
with DeKalb County. Prior to becoming DeKalb County’s Public Safety Director, Mr. Miller
prosecuted felony cases as an Assistant District Attorney in the DeKalb County District
Attorney’s Office from February, 2007 to April 2009. As an Assistant District Attorney he
participated in the challenge to the State’s recently enacted Gang Statute; worked on the
Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for the DeKalb-Wide Gang Unit; established
cooperative and highly effective relationships with Judges, Probation Departments, private
attorneys, Public Defenders, Sheriff’s Office staff and Clerks of Court; had training in Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act forfeiture proceedings; was the DA
representative to DeKalb County’s Juvenile Drug Court.

Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Director Miller was Deputy Chief over the
Program Operations Division of the DeKalb County Police Department. During his last year with
the DeKalb County Police Department, Director Miller helped stabilize the turnover rate in the
Communications Center (which at one point was as high as 12-14%); oversaw the advanced
technology outfitting of the Police Academy, that included 40 laptop computers with wireless
capabilities for FBR/RMS training; hosted meetings to implement a “Real Time Crime Center”
concept for DeKalb, continuing now as Criminal Justice Information Sharing (CJIS) ; chaired the
Internal Review Board, which still reviews all uses of deadly force and in-custody deaths; and
drafted revisions to the Department’s Use of Force policy, including the establishment of the
Internal Review Board.

Director Miller’s prior service with the police department included his appointment as Major
(Commander) over the South Precinct in 2004. He was promoted to Captain in 2003, and at that
rank, he commanded the Special Operations Division for a year, then field operations at North
Precinct, then Youth & Sex Crimes where he developed the department’s first online chat room
investigation center. In 1997, he was promoted to patrol Lieutenant and was the assistant
commander of the Morning Watch (11:00p.m. – 7:00a.m.), at the Department’s East Precinct, a
position and schedule he held for 6 years. His first promotion (through the testing process) was
to Sergeant in 1989 in patrol operations. Chief Miller began his career with the DeKalb County
Police Department in 1984 and worked his way up from a basic patrol officer at the South
Precinct, joined the SWAT Team, and worked the entire County undercover as a narcotics
investigator where his unit confiscated record amounts of drugs and assets.
Notable Accomplishments:

The Public Safety Office, under Director Miller’s leadership, was instrumental in making needed
changes to the Recorder’s Court of DeKalb County and implemented electronic ticketing in the
Police Precincts and Special Operations Division;

Immediately stepped in to confront challenges of the H1N1 flu virus;

Reorganized the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency, enabling that department to be better
prepared for the torrential downpours and resultant flooding of September 21, 2009;

Invigorated and infused dedicated personnel into the Police Athletic League Plus, designed to
steer DeKalb’s youth in positive directions through mentoring and extracurricular programs;

Established Marquel’s Pledge, in the wake of the tragic killing of 4-year old Marquel Peters as he
sat in church with his family celebrating New Year’s Eve 2010 and was struck in the head by a
bullet likely fired from a New Year’s Eve reveler shooting indiscriminately in the air;

Opened a sixth DeKalb County Police Precinct in the southeastern portion of the county in
Commission District 5;

Currently working on an Enhanced Video Surveillance Project that will bring a network of
surveillance cameras to DeKalb County. The aim is to form a public-private partnership to create
and maintain a seamless network of video surveillance throughout DeKalb County for effective
investigation and prosecution of criminal behavior.

				
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