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Greenville looks to NC to hire new police chief; interim chief to retire

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Ken Miller is announced as new Greenville police chief. (July 23, 2014/FOX Carolina) Ken Miller is announced as new Greenville police chief. (July 23, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

City officials announced that Greensboro, NC, police chief will take over as the Greenville police chief.

City Manager John Castile made the announcement at noon at City Hall that the city hired Kenneth Miller, who will retire from the Greensboro department at the end of August.

The city said they received a total of 87 applications from 26 states for the job after former Chief Terri Wilfong retired in April.

The final six candidates, both internal and external, recently went through a two-day interview process following the nationwide search.

The finalists included three internal candidates, interim Chief Mike Gambrell, Capt. Mike Harmon, a 27-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department, and Capt. Gerald Hunt, a 23-year veteran of the force. Read more about the finalists backgrounds here.

After the new chief was announced, Gambrell announced he will retire in mid-September.

During this afternoon's announcement Miller said he will focus on making the Greenville police department more community oriented as a way to fight crime.

I'm not so sure that we are as connected with the community as we need to be," Miller said. "So community outreach will be of sensitivity to me."

Miller said keeping Falls Park a family friendly place and enforcing curfews is also a priority.

"We really need to be facilitators of good behavior downtown," said Miller. "Not just enforcers of bad behavior."

Background info on new chief

Miller became police chief of the Greensboro Police Department in 2010 after 21 years of service with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. As police chief, Miller oversaw a $66 million budget and a staff of 783, which includes 673 sworn officers. Miller has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and political science from East Tennessee State University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Miller is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Miller and wife, Kris, have two young boys. He is expected to start on Sept. 12.

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