A new assistant police chief for the city of Meridian was announced Friday.
Veteran police officer Tommy Miller, formerly a captain in the patrol division, was appointed by the mayor.
Miller said this is the highest point in his career and he's happy to play a supporting role to Chief Benny Dubose.
"There are several ideas that we want to jump on right away and that you'll be hearing about, but mainly just deflect some of the pressure off him," said Miller in describing his philosophy for the job. "And if I can do that, then I'll be successful."
Miller has spent his entire law enforcement career of almost 27 years in Meridian. He was promoted to captain in 1994.
Miller has received numerous awards and commendations over the years, including being a member of the governor's 100 DUI Club.
The post of assistant chief had been open since the retirement of Keith McCary at the end of last year.