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A new face was among the crowd of sheriff’s deputies sworn in Friday morning by District Judge Marion Warren.
After taking his oath of office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram had a meeting with his staff to announce the new chief deputy, Charlie Miller.
Miller, who has been serving on the Brunswick County Board of Education since being elected in 2006, previously worked for the sheriff’s office before running his own business.
“This is my full-time job now,” he said Friday, his first day on the job.
But Miller says he will continue to serve on the board of education, at least until his term expires in 2010.
“That’s an obligation that I’m going to fulfill,” he said.
Miller began his career in law enforcement in 1987 as a sheriff’s patrol deputy. During his tenure at the sheriff’s office, Miller worked in the warrants division, the narcotics unit, as a detective, served as a patrol captain and worked for a year and a half as the chief deputy.
Ingram said Miller was the best person for the job.
“I know his leadership abilities. I know what he’s capable of,” Ingram said.
In fact, Ingram was serving as the head of the sheriff’s office narcotics division while Miller was chief deputy.
“I think the county will be very pleased with his service,” he said.
Miller says the same of Ingram, who he calls a good friend.
“We wants what’s best for the county—we’re a team,” Miller said.
“But we’re just part of the team. Everyone that works here is the team.”
Pick up next week’s issue of the Beacon for more on this story.