Sheriff’s department hires new Niles sergeant; Miller now detective

Published 12:13 am Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Deputies of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Niles Patrol will be under new leadership starting Monday.

Sgt. Randy Miller, who has been patrolling Niles Township since the sheriff’s department was contracted to do so in January 2006, will be moving into the role of detective with the sheriff’s department.

Sgt. Steve Campbell will transfer from the north county patrol to take Miller’s place.

Campbell has been with the sheriff’s department for more than 15 years and has built a 20-year career in law enforcement overall. He will oversee six deputies patrolling the township along with part-time deputies.

During his career, Campbell has spent time working in crime prevention, traffic, jail and road patrol. Current duties include working as an accident reconstructionist and field training officer and he also oversees the chaplain’s program. He also holds a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Campbell said he is looking forward to working in the township as Miller moves his career into the detective bureau.

But Miller won’t be going too far from home.

The move to detective, he said, “is a position that I applied for. My assigned area will primarily be in Niles — it’ll be (in the) south county.

“I’ll be doing follow up for all of the major crimes that go on in the area,” Miller said.

Instead of running a division as he does as sergeant of the township patrol, Miller will join four detectives, three detective sergeants and one detective lieutenant with the bureau.

Miller has been with the sheriff’s department 11 years.