U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) honored veteran and former Monticello Police Chief, John D. Miller on the House floor on June 10.
Miller, who was a Ward IV Monticello alderman, passed away suddenly last month.
Davis' written remarks:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember John D. Miller, of Monticello, IL. He was a beloved public servant and active community member who passed away suddenly last month.
“After graduating from Monticello High School in 1971, John served in the United States Army and later in the National Guard and Army Reserves. It was there he began his career in law enforcement serving as a military police officer and instructor.
“His civilian service started with the Decatur Police Department before he was named Argenta’s Chief of Police. In 1995, he was appointed to the same role with the Monticello Police Department where he went on to serve for 17 years until his retirement in 2012. Throughout his tenure he was known for his sense of justice and compassion. In total, he dedicated 34 years of his life to law enforcement.
“In 2013, he once again answered the call to better his community and was elected as an alderman on the Monticello City Council. In 2017, he was re-elected to a second four-year term.
“John lived his life in humble service to his friends and neighbors. For so many, he was a role model and a mentor, and he will truly be missed.
“My prayers are with his wife, Karen, his children, and grandchildren.
Davis' video on the House floor paying tribute to Miller can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9rh58Ikzfs