May 25, 2010

Sally Miller Named New Interim SSU Police Chief

sallymiller.jpgSally Miller, known for her expertise in campus crime prevention, law enforcement and leadership, has been appointed Interim Senior Director for Police Services and Chief of Police at Sonoma State University.

Formerly SSU's Deputy Chief of Police, Miller joined the police force in 2008, and has been recognized for having served the campus with distinction since then. She replaces Chief Nate Johnson who was recently named Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the California State University system.

Miller is a dynamic and sought after presenter on the local, state, and national levels, providing more than 1500 presentations on a myriad of topics related to public safety and crime prevention.

She is a nationally recognized expert on the Jeanne Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. She has drafted both Federal and State legislation and was instrumental in drafting the Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and two California laws.

Miller has received numerous acknowledgements for her strong commitment to public safety within higher education communities and is quoted in the US Congressional Record for her law enforcement expertise.

Miller has been working in law enforcement since 1985, when she was employed as a police aide for the Contra Costa Community College District Police. She graduated with honors from the Contra Costa Criminal Justice Training Center Police Academy in 1988 and was sworn in as a police officer with the University of California San Francisco Police Department the same year.

She made her way north to Santa Rosa, continuing her work as a police officer with the Sonoma County Junior College District Police until her promotion to police detective in 1999 and then police sergeant in 2006.

Furthering her education, Miller attended University of Phoenix, Arizona, where she graduated on the dean's list with a bachelor's degree in business management in 2001. Miller has also successfully completed numerous police officer standards and training courses , including supervisory and management courses and the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations program.

She has also served as Commissioner for the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights, was the Sonoma County Volunteer of the Year, the Sonoma County Law Enforcement appointee to the Simon Wiesenthal Tools for Tolerance Hate Crimes Institute, and was appointed California Peace Officer of the Year by the California Women's Police Officer Association.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057