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Here is where Sheriff Phil Miller has been.

Sheriff Phil Miller has been busy in this community for 41 years.

I don't like to brag or boast but I guess I am being called out so I felt it necessary to respond. I was there when we arrested the 14 year old boy after killing his great grandmother. I was there when we arrested the man who committed murder on Yeager rd. I was there to investigate the murder last year on Thornton rd.  I was there to help bring justice to a young man who was stomped to death by some thugs. I worked 36 hours straight, like many of my staff during the floods. By the way even though 7 people died, we rescued 47 people from the flood waters. I was there when we spent nearly a year investigating a drug cartel that reached to Mexico and South America and netted over 30 arrests. I was there when the Boys and Girls Club needed to build a teen center that serves hundreds of under privledged kids. I was there and paid for all the school supplies this year at the Alice Horthorne Center, supplying over 500 kids. We did the same thing last year at New Manchester High School when it opened. I was there to help Crossroads for Life Ministeries with it's work with the homeless and to educate inmates getting out of jail so they can get a job. I was there for the last 11 years furnishing Christmas gifts to over 500 needy kids per year. I was there working with the Police Department to combine our resources to better serve the community and save taxpayer money. I was there building a system that has lowered Domestic Violence in this county by 21.7%. By now you have some idea as to where I have been. In addition I have been running a Sheriff's Office with over 300 employees and over 700 inmates. In addition to that I have been building a new jail. I also served on POST Council for 5 years ( appointed by Gov. Perdue). Presently I am serving on the Sex Offender Regristration Review Board ( appointed by Gov. Deal). I serve on the North Central Georgia Law enforcement Academy Board. Now Mr. Broughton if you want to talk about qualifications, I have some of those, too.

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Mark Carter November 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
In 1987 I went to work for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office under then Sheriff Earl. D. Lee. The current Sheriff, Phil Miller was working in Detectives and had already proven himself a workhorse and a great Investigator. I learned many things that improved my life and my families life. Phil Miller was always present and available to both the Deputies and to the community. Many times over the years we would work 36, 48, even 72 hours straight on cases because of something that happened in the county. Phil Miller ascended to a command position within the department and I was promoted to various positions as were many young deputies; while it became our job to deal with the day to day tasks; Miller and the command structure continued to be actively involved in those dealings. Phil Miller gave more than support and advise, I have seen Phil Miller out in the middle of the night directing investigations or in the middle of the afternoon, knocking on doors and canvasing neighborhoods with the other deputies. Miller has always followed Earl's Golden rule to treat others the way you would expect to be treated and demonstrated that within the Department, there was no job he would expect us to do, that he would not do himself. When I left the Department I remember meeting with Phil Miller personally, Since I left the Department I have always found him available and accessable. Phil Miller is the only man for the job of Douglas County Sheriff in this election.
Ed Sherrill November 05, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Your doing a Fantastic job Sheriff Miller and I hope once the Patch crawls out from under their desk they can explain their comments once they stop with the um ummm but ummmm. I think the Patch should man up with a public apology .
Lisa Cooper November 05, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Thank you for your many years of service to the people of Douglas County, Sheriff Miller. As for me I greatly appreciate your professionalism and efforts to maintain a safe quality of life for each and every citizen. I've seen your efforts in action through many of the major situations you described above, and I also know from personal experience how you will come to the aid of citizens when called upon regarding questions of safety even when your plate appears to be as full as can be. Thank you.......and you most certainly have my vote and continued support.
Martha Carver November 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Phil, Thank you for all your service in OUR community and state! We know you are right here protecting us.
Tammy November 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Sounds like the are supporting him. And bashing phil. Ought to be ashamed. They are no better than the rest of the media.
stefgib November 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
For his opponent to have been asked "tell me about your qualifications to be sheriff" and his answer was "I paid my fee to get qualified" just shows he (Broughton) is SO NOT QUALIFIED. Phil Miller is there, even when we don't see him or hear from him, he's there. He is our sheriff 24/7, doing anything he can to make our county better. Hey Broughton, stop with your rediculous antics and go back to your real job, you know, the one you had before you started running for sheriff, because that's what you'll be doing on Wednesday morning!
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. Puckett
Lewis Fredenburg November 05, 2012 at 05:30 PM
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!!!!!
Ken Harper November 05, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I have been in the face of death with sheriff Miller on more than one occasion. In the middle of the night, during business hours, in the heat, cold, rain, snow & ice; it didn't matter, he was right there with us, for us! Mr Broughton has shown me personally how he operates. I received your message during the last election, but you were not elected and you didn't get my job. This was because I spoke out and told one of his supporters that he wasn't qualified. He's done nothing in 4 years to become more qualified. So, I guess I can relax for 4 more years, because your not winning this one either!
Sandy Miller November 05, 2012 at 06:41 PM
It's funny, Ken. I read your comment and immediately thought back to the floods in 2009. We woke up that Monday morning to get ready for work and found out that Phil had been out all night evacuating some of the trailer parks that were in imminent danger. He was out there WITH his people – not directing them from a remote location. He went home briefly to catch his breath, and then went right back out and was right alongside his hard working first responders seeking out the missing – fatigued, dirty, hungry, sore, and staring danger and rising waters right in the face. And he NEVER backed down. He cares for the citizens of this county and is willing to do whatever has to be done to help ensure their safety. I have only been a resident of Douglas County officially for a couple of years now, but I have never seen another elected official so involved in the everyday happenings of the lives of his constituents. Being Sheriff isn’t just a job for Phil – it’s a way of life that he loves living.
James Little November 05, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Sheriff Miller is one of the most respected law enforcement officials in the area. Thanks to him it is known that if you come to Douglas County to committ your crimes you will be punished which is how it should be. It's easy to stand back and say you want to be sheriff when you have not had to make the hard decisions, anybody can do that. It's another to make the hard decisions repeatedly and want to continue to lead. Miller is not the type to stand back and dictate what he wants done, he will stand beside you and help you make it happen. Thanks to him Douglas county does not appear in the news as much as the other metro area counties. Tomorrow at the polls think about the past before you vote for the future. James Little
Kim Floyd November 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Could someone tell me of ANY Law Enforcement qualifications this Broughton man has to even be thinking of running for the Sheriff of Douglas County or any other county??? Kim Floyd
ken black November 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Sheriff Miller has always been there for us. I remember the Floods well I woke up that morning to go to work and i was on facebook and seen were friends were posting the roads in the county was washing away.I Knew it was storming bad but did not know it was as bad as it was. so I turned my radio on and the first person i heard was the Sheriff going door to door and he was even going to Walmart to buy life jacket to help rescue people. I don't know how many Sheriffs would have done that but he did. This man cares for everyone in this community
Shelly Crouch November 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I asked the competitor what he planned to do if elected ( I asked him this face to face) and his response was to bring "first 48" to Douglasville...really??
Shelly Crouch November 05, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Phil Miller has my vote!! He does and always has cared about this community. He's a GREAT leader and I'm proud to be in Douglasville. We have the best police dept around and those guys deserve the best!! Miller 2012!!!!!
Carol Newborn November 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Sheriff Miller, Thank you for not stooping to Mr. Broughton's level on his mud slinging. He is really trying Obama's trick, but he doesn't have a record to stand on either. Upon reading his blog he didn't even bother to spell check his article and used words improperly. That alone says that he is not thorough or doesn't care. You are a wonderul Sheriff and we all LOVE you. You treat us all like family and are so supportive of all the people you meet. I have always seen you so respectful, honest, loving and caring. You also make the hard calls and decisions. You run one of the best Sheriff's Dept.'s I've ever seen. We are very fortunate to have you as a Sheriff and all of our wonderful deputies. I have worked in a lot of places and had to use the law enforcement officers regularly. Douglas County has the absolute BEST officers. They have Great leadership too. You should not worry at all about Mr. Broughton. He is full of hot air. Maybe when he goes to one of the schools he can learn to spell. LOL. You don't have anything to worry about, you will be our Sheriff. You are the most quailfied and the most caring . Oh, I love my magnets for my car. Everyone at work wants to know if it is mine. I have tried to park where everyone can see them. Go Miller.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reba Dever November 05, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I'm proud to say that is my Sheriff, you better make sure to make him yours tomorrow. Don't assume people, vote!!
KAREN November 06, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I AGREE THE OTHER GUY IS JUST PISSED OFF BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS HIM IN OFFICE PHILL YOU HAVE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB & DONT LET HIM BRING YOU DOWN THANKS FOR KEPPING US SAFE I HAVE ALREADY VOTED FOR YOU SO YOU HAVE ANOTHER WIN UNDER YOUR BELT
KAREN November 06, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I HAVE BEEN IN DOUGLAS COUNTY FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS SO PHIL DONT WORRY WE WILL SEE YOU IN THE SHERRIFFS OFFICE TOMORROW & FOR YEARS TO COME
Chris Harrison November 06, 2012 at 02:41 AM
It's this kind of CRAP that makes people lose faith in the system. Broughton is an under-qualified panderer, plain and simple. The citizens of Douglas County deserve better and will be rewarded by the re-election of Sheriff Miller.
Carl Pyrdum Jr. November 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Sheriff, you don't have to defend an outstanding record, your record speaks for itself. I won't be voting for you today, because I voted for you early. God bless you.
Lara November 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I agree! I am new to the community, only five years, and have had called upon the Sheriff's office to help me get out of a locked car and come to our HOA meetings on numerous occassions or in response to community nuisances.. I have found the officers to be caring, and community oriented, lets say outstanding; this, I am sure comes from the top down! Although I hear from many longtime residents touting the horn for Sheriff Miller, as a five year resident I feel honored to live in a town where he is in charge. You have my vote and that of our entire HOA we will work with you to keep the bad guys out! Broughton apply in Fulton or Clayton.. we are happy with who we have here in Douglas!
Bill Massey November 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
We are very thankful that you were elected to be our Sheriff for 4 more years. You have shown great leadership to our community. I grew up in Dekalb County and it is a prime example what can happen to a community with the wrong type of elected officials. Thank You for your dedication to protect my family and the citizens of Douglas County. Broughton needs to stay in Atlanta along with the other Thugs.
Chris Harrison November 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Congratulations Sheriff Phil Miller. I slept better last night knowing you would continue leading this county's law enforcement effort. I applaud you for a campaign well run and for not stooping to the level of your opponent.
Bruce November 07, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Rodney Graham's family might have a different opinion of the sheriff. And he's not the only one who died because of denial of medical treatment while in custody at the Douglas County jail.
stefgib November 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Bruce, come on, it's over, he won, stop beating that horse, it's dead. The problem was dealt with and procedures changed that needed changing.
Bruce November 07, 2012 at 07:36 PM
A one million dollar pay off that was hushed up and kept quiet from the public until the Sentinel broke the story... and everything is OK? What makes you think it's over? Do you really think the Graham family attorney will let the sheriff claim he knew nothing about it and so he can walk away?
stefgib November 07, 2012 at 08:06 PM
The ELECTION is over! Why bring this up now, the day after the election? I'm sure the other issue is not. It's been dealt with and I'm sorry for what happened to them and I'm sure Sheriff Miller is too. I'm sure procedures were changed to prevent it from happening again.
stefgib November 07, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Also, have you ever been in a position of managing hundreds of people? If so, did you know exactly what was happening with every single one of them every moment of every day? I'm sure that answer is no. I was in management and have far fewer people under me than the sheriff has and I assumed they were all following procedures and until there was an issue that needed to be brought to my attention, no, I didn't know what they were doing every minute.
Bruce November 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Murder is murder. Let's see if the attorney for the Graham family brings it up.

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