Clare County Undersheriff Rick (Richard) Miller) announced Tuesday that he will retire from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department at the end of March.
A lifelong resident of the area and a Farwell High School graduate, Miller has been part of the CCSD for 36 years. He was hired in 1976 by former Sheriff Raymond Lippold, and worked under several other former Sheriffs including Gus Aleck, Howard Haskin, Jeff Goyt and lastly under Sheriff John Wilson.
Miller has been the Undersheriff for the past two years and before that has served in almost every position on the department. “I served in every possible administrative position there was from Jail Administrator to Patrol Service Commander,” Miller said.
Miller said he appreciates the people he has worked with over the years. “Jeff Goyt was my training officer when I started,” Miller said. “He was always in uniform and looked professional. He and his Undersheriff were people that you could put 100% of your confidence in.”
He said Haskin was another mentor. “He taught me the meaning of being a true leader and about always putting the people first,” Miller said.
Miller said he and Ralph Groves were key people in the upgrades, renovations and expansion of the Jail. He has also been very involved in the community, serving as Master of Ceremonies for many events and elected as Supervisor for Surrey Township before he was named Undersheriff. He was active on the committee that has been working to bring the “Safe Routes to School” pathway project to Farwell and was instrumental in the development of one of the largest Neighborhood Watch programs in the State.
Sheriff Wilson said Miller had told him of his intention to retire at the end of the month in a meeting on Friday, February 24. “I will miss him, he has done a wonderful job,” Wilson said, “especially with the Neighborhood Watch program. I am hoping he will continue to help with the program in the future, even if he can only do it as a volunteer.”
Miller said retirement was a hard decision. “I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” he said. “I just decided the time is right.”
“I want to thank my wife, Val, for being so patient and understanding through all these years.,” Miller said. He said he hasn’t made a final decision yet on what he will be doing next, but he plans to stay active in the community.
Miller said he will continue to work with the Neighborhood Watch Program. “I plan to stay involved,” he said, “on my own time as a volunteer.” He said he is currently very involved with Lake George Neighborhood Watch plans for an Expo, possibly in May. “I will fulfill that commitment,” he said.
The program is important to him. Miller said with help from groups in the different townships, he has raised over $18,000 for the Neighborhood Watch Program. He said people can still contact him through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling him at home (588-2373) or on his cell at 989-339-7321.