By Gabi Bourn
His passion began as a child, playing “cops and robbers” with friends and family. He always played a cop because he enjoyed putting robbers in jail.
University police chief Charles Miller has been a mainstay on campus since September 2001, but he will leave to take the position of police chief at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.
After extensive training, Miller began his career at Walker County Sheriff’s Department. He served as criminal investigator for the district attorney’s office but later decided to return to Houston.
Miller said that there is a difference between working for the general public and serving at a university. He adjusted to university work by coordinating with a variety of departments, including academics, student life and athletics.
One of Miller’s favorite aspects about working at the University has been the people and establishing relationships with students and professors across campus.
“I have simply developed lifelong friends here at HBU,” Miller said. “Faculty, staff, students — it’s just my place. I love it here.”
Each summer, he enjoyed preparing for the freshmen and new students by helping to create a friendly and safe environment. Welcome Days provided some of his favorite times at the University.
“Every year at graduation, I take personal satisfaction because I see students who came as freshman or transferred, graduate,” Miller said.
He said he greatly enjoyed his time at the University and is heading to Blinn College to face new challenges with a multi-campus college as well as to experience new opportunities.
He plans to enjoy his free time in his new environment by fishing, hunting and riding his motorcycle over the hills of Washington County.
Junior Clifton Boudreaux is a dispatcher for the University’s police station and has worked with Miller since July of last year.
“Chief Miller will most definitely be missed, but we know this will not be the last time we see him,” Boudreaux said.
“We congratulate him and look forward to him moving on in his career.”
President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said that he is proud of the University police force and really appreciated Miller’s time spent at the University.
“Miller loves students and is really conscious about safety first,” Sloan said. “He is always looking for new methods and technologies to better protect students and staff.”
Sloan went on to say that Miller’s replacement has not yet been chosen, but someone from the current force would likely be appointed as interim police chief.
Miller said he considers the University to be his family and that he is just changing his work address.
He added that he plans to visit and cheer the football team on to victory in his blue and orange.