In a May 13 news release, the state Department of Public Safety announced Major Rick Miller of Pierre has been named as the next Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol is part of the Department of Public Safety.
“The official announcement was made to staff today (May 13),” DPS Public Information Officer Tony Mangan said, “but I think [Miller] already knew for a while.”
Miller is now an assistant superintendent for the Highway Patrol in charge of administrative services and special operations, Mangan said in the release.
Miller will replace Colonel Craig Price, whom Governor Kristi Noem recently named to the position of Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Public Safety. It was Price, acting as Highway Patrol Superintendent, who promoted Miller to the rank of Major in 2013.
“Rick is loyal, dedicated and hard-working. He’s got integrity and he’s got common sense,” Price said. “He is well regarded by our Highway Patrol staff and other law enforcement agencies. Rick is ready to lead the Highway Patrol.”
“I’m grateful for the confidence that Secretary Price and Governor Noem have in me,” Miller said. “My goal as Superintendent is simple – give our motor carrier inspectors and our troopers the support, training and resources needed so they can best serve the public and return home safely each night to their own families.”
“Miller is a Watertown native and served almost seven years in the U.S. Marines Corps,” Mangan said. “He has been with the Highway Patrol for almost 18 years, serving as both a trooper and as a police service dog handler.”
The Highway Patrol currently has 193 state troopers and 85 civilian staff. Miller will be promoted to the rank of Colonel when he takes the office of superintendent in an official command transfer ceremony later this year. He will become the 14th Superintendent in the history of the Highway Patrol, which was established in 1937.