Sheriff Phil Miller - The Absentee Sheriff

The Absentee Sheriff


Who is in command?

Douglas County voters may have received a mailer from Sheriff Phil Miller claiming he is the best candidate to make “Command Decisions” and he has trained our deputies to be “among the best in Georgia”.

Derrick T. Broughton, the Democrat candidate for sheriff said Miller has a history of not being available to make command decisions.

“Sheriff Miller has a history of being an absentee sheriff. When life and death decisions needed to be made he put the burden on his staff”, said Derrick Broughton. “Miller has failed to communicate with his staff much less the public. The public only sees him when he wants their vote.”

Earlier this year, Phil Miller was in the news when it was revealed several inmates have died under his watch. One case involved a young man who had a serious medical condition. In spite of pleadings from his family, Miller’s staff failed to render medical care that would have saved his life.

Miller has never explained where he was during the 4 days this man was dieing on the floor of the jail cell. The man’s death resulted in two of his staff being indicted on manslaughter charges.

Miller has never explained why his staff allegedly failed to notified Miller of the man’s medical condition or where he was during this time. Miller offered this explanation to the media, “We dropped the ball on this one.... I wish Mr. Graham (the father of the inmate) had gotten in touch with me and I bet he does too. I’d like to think that if he had this may have been different,” Miller said. “My home phone number is even in the book – I encourage people to call me. The family did what they thought they should do to get the information to the right folks and it still didn’t happen.”

It took Miller 12 years to implement a new medical policy and allegedly train his staff how to handle life and death situations. Miller’s policies have cost several lives and taxpayers millions of dollars in lawsuits, legal fees and insurance rates.

As Sheriff of Douglas County, Derrick T. Broughton will immediately seek accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®).

“I believe accreditation is essential to improving the professionalism of the sheriff’s department. It will bring Douglas County up to national standards, instill public confidence, improve moral and provide better policing policy to protect the public, better service delivery and reduce liability”, Broughton stated. “I will train our deputies and staff and not allow them to be scapegoats for failing policies.”

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Ben Clark November 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Candidate Broughton, Perhaps it is beyond your comprihention but have yopu ever thought that Douglas County Residents could give a Dang about CALEA? Or the restrictions AND COST THAT SUCH A CERTIFICATION would place on the county? Perhaps your just find with allowing out side sources to control how the people of this county are policed but the fact is, we are just fine with our current system. You want to make us into another Clayton or Fulton county? Keep your pie in the sky ambitions to yourself. We prefer our security more than your Labels. Our sheriff has served for many years in Douglas County. Whats your record again? You trying to run an Obama Campaign? If you have no record to run on try and make the other person some one to run from? Hero, that crap may work where ever you are from but Not here. Why dont you take it back to Michigan and stop insulting the intellect of those Born, raised, and committed their whole lives to our County? Youve worked, in Fulton, Clayton and as a Georgia Tech Police? Tell me how much better those counties are for having wasted money on you and why we would want any part of your outside rhetoric. Its both insulting and will not work. Why not post a Blog about your record? Because you haven't got one. You dont have the experience. or the community history here.
Merci Howe November 05, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Who are you? I have voted for the man who has proven himself to be a good man and great sheriff.
Mochelly November 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Have you lost your ever loving mind?!?! Sheriff Miller is one of the hardest working officers in Douglas County and an upstanding citizen. What have you shown us that speaks about your character except to attempt to slam your opponent? I think it speaks volumes that you have NO SUPPORTERS speaking on your behalf here! I pray to GOD that this county doesn't haffer to suffer through a term with the likes of you as Sheriff!
stefgib November 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I own an alterations company here in Douglas County and do a lot of work for the individual deputies. When I have the chance to talk to any of them about Sheriff Phil Miller, they have NOTHING but praise for him and go on and on about how great the dept is run and how they have NOTHING but respect for him. I have gotten to know his family and have found them all to be wonderful people that all love serving our county in one capacity or the other. Phil Miller is the ONLY man for the job of sheriff of our county. His integrity, willingness to go beyond the call of duty, and perseverence to see the "bad guy" caught and put in jail is something I have come to expect and that's what I always get from him. I shudder to think what would happen if an untrained, incapable, and not ready for prime-time candidate like his opponent were to (somehow) win this election. Vote for Phil Miller for sheriff and keep our county safe!
Susie Noles November 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Not only is Phil Miller a Great Sheriff, he is also a wonderful man who loves Douglas County. God Bless you Phil!! We love you!!
kenneth walton November 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Phil Miller is a leader of fine men at the DCSO. I have known Sheriff Miller to be a Decent and good man for this county. It appears to me that the candidate running against Sherriff Miller is not what Douglas County needs. Just look at the former Sheriff of Clayton County he is indicted on multiple felonies and one is misuse of office. Look at former Dekalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey life without parol for murder along with his hench men. I have lived here in Douglas County all my life and raising a family both Sheriffs that i have known were men of integrity and honesty, Earl Lee and Phil Miller. You can't begin to measure the qualifications that Sheriff Phil Miller has, for one he is a Graduate of the National F.B.I. Academy enough said. From what i have heard of Mr. Broughton he is not even in the same league as Phil Miller, all Mr. Broughton can do is hire folks to speak on his behalf and hold signs at polling places, and his campaign tears down re- elect Phill Miller signs. Is this what douglas County needs? No. What Douglas County needs is hard line law enforcement a man of the people and that my friend is Sherriff Phil Miller. My entire family will be voting for Sheriif Miller as we did in the past and will continue to support him as well. Please vote to re-elect Phil Miller Sheriff of Douglas county on Tues Nov 6th. Go Gettem Sheriiff
Tommye Braun November 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Mr Broughten, I am shoocked with your blog! It appears that you personally dont know Sheriff Miller, he is such an asset to Douglasville. I wish you luck in your endeavors in life, and I wish Sheriff Miller prayers in the election tomorrow, I hope we can keep him for a long time!
Thomas Puckett November 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
It is interesting to hear what people will say to get elected to office and even more so, what they will not. Candidates that are qualified will run on their accomplishments and qualifications. Those trying to get a free ride have nothing of themselves to speak of. I have worked at two different agencies and under three Sheriffs. I have been in and with Douglas County for 17 yrs. I have worked cases with local, state and federal agencies and have been associated with Christian law enforcement groups throughout the United States. I have worked, preached and prayed with thousands of officers from all over this country. I have had great moments of joy during my career and have also felt horrific pain. There are very few constants in a cop's life. That includes leadership. Phil Miller has been constant for over 40 years. I have seen this man laugh and I have seen him cry. What this man brings to the table each day cannot be described or put on a mail out or billboard. It is carried in the hearts and minds of all who have worn the badge. Phil Miller and his staff are envied throughout this state, this region and this nation. You don't see a split among the ranks in Douglas County because there is no question who is “qualified”. Phil Miller “is”, “has been” and “will continue” to be there for his officers and the citizens of Douglas County
connie harper November 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Go ahead Broughton keep spitting out your garbage.You are only hurting yourself.I understand this is hard for you, but we really do not want you to be our Sheriff. The votes will prove this soon enough so just calm down and crawl back to where you came from.
Maria Leaman November 05, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I have worked for Douglas County for 22 years, with Phil Miller serving as Chief Deputy and Sheriff for most of that time. He has proven himself a leader over and over again. He is NOT an absentee Sheriff, and is there for his employees and this community at any time of day or night. Deputies and Officers from other agencies do not understand the feeling that flows throughout the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Many of them work for Sheriffs and Chiefs who do not even know the names of the officers who work for them. I'd hate for that to change with a Sheriff from outside the Department. We have had numerous Deputies come to us from other agencies who say this is the best Department they have ever worked for. It is the certainty that while we work for Phil Miller, we know he works just as hard for us that makes it that way. Let's not lose that. Maria Leaman
Mike November 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
This sounds like the rants of a desperate man who knows he has lost the election. You are the last person this county needs. If you are not happy here, then leave. Mud slinging will get you nowhere!!!
Keith Brackin November 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I have a hard time reading any of the garbage this guy puts out. Not only because of the lies, and political spin, but simply because of the way it is poorly written. There HAS to be at least one person working for your campaign, Mr. Broughton, that can write above a fifth grade level. "Dying" not dieing. "Notify" not notified....etc. To be Sherriff, you need to be pretty intelligent. Poor spelling and grammar in an official press release, either means you are stupid or too lazy to proof read. Either way, the people in Douglas County don't want you. Go bother some other county!
Jeff Davis November 05, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I guess I have a hard time understanding why people move to a new community and then complain about thr way things are and try to change it to suit them. To hear them spit lies and refer to the people of Douglas Co as " Good Ol Boys" and "rednecks" makes me wonder why they moved hear to begin with. This County means a lot to the people that were born and raised here and have spent the time and effort to make it better for our families and I don't see us giving up the fight yet. If you "Dislike" the way things are in Douglas County so much then it's simple..MOVE BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM.
Vanita November 05, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Where did he come from anyway? I like the way he talks about "Professionalism" and he can't even spell.
A Smith November 05, 2012 at 11:10 PM
First off, I would have more respect for your blog if you learned to spell dying. Poor spelling aside, I have been to very few public gatherings where Phil Miller has not been present, friendly and accessible. He is truly a part of Douglas County and cares about the future of our town. Where have you been, Mr. Broughton? In fact, WHO are you? Do we really know anything about you? People working under Phil Miller have nothing but good things to say about him. I doubt that most bosses can say the same. Phil Miller has worked hard to fight crime in Douglas Co. He is invested in our future.
Charles James November 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
No longer live in Georgia, retired in Tennessee but have family in Douglas County and following this campaign for Sheriff Miller. Very few elected officials left like Phil Miller, who love their town, love their town's people. Go above and beyond their duties to be a friend in time of need as well as perform their official duty. So hope Douglas County appreciates this good man and keeps him because when he is no longer there, I believe then is when people will know what a Blessing he has been. Hopefully, that won't be until he is retired.
Robert Hungate November 06, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Sheriff--not Sherriff, Mr. Brackin
Matt Gray November 06, 2012 at 01:08 AM
John 8:44 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Matthew 12:34 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. MATT GRAY - PART 1
Matt Gray November 06, 2012 at 01:13 AM
You see, when you have no experience, and no kind of record to run on, you must speak lies about your apponent! I have worked for and with Sheriff Miller for 10 years and here is the greatest thing about that. He is not only my boss, but he is my friend. In so many jobs people are just a number and the boss does not care or connect with his employees. I think that it is just the greatest thing that I have a working relationship with my boss and he calls me his friend as well. Just as Thomas Puckett said in his post, I have seen Sheriff Miller laugh and I have also seen him cry. He spoke at funeral not long ago and he said something that touched me so much.....he said "when something happens to one of you, or one of you die, a part of me dies with you" as he wipes a tear from his cheek. Mr. Broughton, this is what a great leader, man and friend that he is to this Sheriff's Office and community. How dare you spew out such lies! SHAME ON YOU! You could have ran a clean campaign and talked about the type of man that you are, but instead you tried to slander a good man, and the result is, that many people now have posted about the real Phil Miller. He will not be brought down by the evil likes of you. MATT GRAY
Holly White November 06, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I do not even live in Douglas County, but if I did Phil Miller would have my vote every time!!!! I have never worked for or worked with him, but I have have known him and loved him and all his family for over 15 years!! Praying and thanking God for his victory over someone who speaks lies and evil out of his mouth. Have you Mr. Broughton ever been taught that there is a place for liers in the lake of fire??????
makindeezgeez November 06, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Im's gonna votes foe mr. brougthton cuz he da best man foe da job cuz we needs some black fokes in charge so i can get outta sum deez ticket i be gettin
Julie Camp November 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I've lived here 48 years. That makes me a "good ole Boy" I suppose. I've seen folks come and go. Mostly go. So, why do we need outsiders to lead us? Why not elect folks that live here and will continue to live here? Why not elect those that love this county? Why elect someone with no experience and pitiful spelling? A vote for Broughton is a vote for insanity.
Lewis Fredenburg November 06, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Sheriff Miller not only is a great sheriff, he takes care of his jailers, deputies, & Inv. Plus Sheriff Miller knows my wife and Child personally!!! This man was there for me and the entire DCSO when a great deputy and great friend was killed in the line of duty!!! Sheriff Miller takes his deputies under his wing and takes care of us and family!!!!!! I do not want this county to turn in to a screwed up Fulton or Clayton counties. If you want to run for sheriff run in Fulton and Clayton you can't screw them up any worse!!! Voted for Phil Miller!!!!!
Chris Harrison November 06, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I swear, it's like a regurgitation of Cynthia McKinney. Trying to force her opinions and beliefs on others, with no basis of fact. Make accusations based on conjecture and hearsay rather than taking the time to learn the facts. It is my opinion that Douglas County would be better off with no Sheriff than a Sheriff that dangerously spouts his ignorance without fact. What type of relationship would you have with the District Attorney when he knows you're a liar? Douglas County, like every other county, has real problems and needs a real Sheriff to continue improving. It is my firm belief that the voters of Douglas County will speak with their votes and you'll follow Cynthia McKinney into obscurity. The people of Douglas County deserve better than you and it will be realized by way of Sheriff Phil Miller's re-election.
Jay Hayes November 06, 2012 at 04:03 AM
D.T. Broughton, simply said by you, "I am qualified to be Sheriff because I paid my qualification fee." That, sir, is the only qualification I have heard from you. That is not fair to the employees or citizens of Douglas County. The position of Sheriff commands more respect than "l paid my fee." It requires experience, education and the respect of the community and the department. Sheriff Phil Miller has lived, earned and worked for the respect he has. Your impoverished knowledge on the day to day operations of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department are clearly obvious in your statement that lacks truth and are full of political BS. Good luck in your continued employment as a Fulton County Deputy.
Cheryl Varney November 06, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Mr. Broughton, don't know you, haven't met you, but so far....I"M NOT IMPRESSED with YOU! Please learn how to spell, especially if you plan to arrest folks! I truly pray that Phil Miller does win. HE is such a great man, he loves our county and ALL its citizens. It would be so sad to lose him to someone who spreads such lies and hate! Please get another job...and if you don't like Douglas County...MOVE somewhere else!
sling November 06, 2012 at 08:56 AM
I don't like politicians Mr. Broughton, because of negative comments. That's why my vote goes to my friend and boss Phil D. Miller. P.S. that was good Matt!!!! Jay glad you held back.
Keith Brackin November 06, 2012 at 12:58 PM
typo. Mr. Hungate. not a misspell
Ken Harper November 06, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Having the respect of the department members is not a concern to him, he's already threatened to get rid of anyone who speaks against him. He has made it clear what kind of department he will run. He's surrounded himself with motorcycle gangs and thugs. No, they may not be such, but when you dress the part, public perception is number one for law enforcement. Your perception portrays a rather harsh and "my way" theme, which is not what I want as a deputy or citizen! I've cast my vote for Phil Miller!
Sandy Miller November 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I believe that this thread - and the other one started by Sheriff Miller - speak VOLUMES. Of the 60+ replies on both combined threads, I have found ZERO posts that speak negatively about Sheriff Miller. Likewise, I have also found ZERO posts that speak positively about Candidate Broughton (with the exception of one that I feel was written to be rather tonuge-in-cheek). Something to think about...


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