Chairman Phil Miller is a 46-year veteran of law enforcement, who retired as Douglas County Sheriff in 2016 after serving four terms in office.
Chairman Miller began his career in 1971 with the Douglasville Police Department, where he eventually became the department's first plain-clothes detective. He was recruited to the Sheriff's Office in 1976 by Sheriff Earl Lee and spent the next 23 years moving up the ranks.
He was first elected Sheriff in 2001 and during his four terms, along with the Douglas County Police Department, led the creation of two joint units, a Major Case Unit, and the Felony Interception Narcotics Detection (FIND) unit. Chairman Miller also oversaw the design and construction of the new law enforcement center and county jail on Earl Lee Boulevard. Miller's father, Thad Miller, was also a former Douglasville Chief of Police.
Chairman Miller, a Douglas County native, continues to reside in the county with his wife Gloria. He was sworn-in to office as Chairman of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on May 19, 2023 following his gubernatorial appointment.