Belmont police chief now playing several roles in Eastern Ohio
BELMONT — Belmont Police Chief Andrew Miller recently added yet another job to his resume — he is now also a part-time officer for the Bridgeport Police Department.
After joining the Bridgeport Police Department earlier this month, Miller now holds a total of seven jobs, three of which are roles in local law enforcement. He is also a certified fitness trainer, certified nutritionist, college student and delivers pizzas part time.
Miller began his career in law enforcement in 2017. In 2019, at the age of 23, he believes he was the youngest person to become a police chief in the United States. He said being chief has allowed him the flexibility to do more good for the community.
Since becoming chief, the police department has participated in numerous community driven events including the Shop with a Cop program, driving the Easter bunny around to hand out candy to local children, and throwing birthday parades for local children, among others.
“Being an officer is very rewarding. Once I got into it, I was hooked and I love it,” he said.
Miller said he has always wanted to help residents in the community which is what led him into a career in law enforcement.
“I like to be able to give back to my community and be able to be the person people rely on for safety, or when people need someone to talk to,” he said. “I interned at Waynesville Police Department when I was in school and I got to see first hand how much good you can do in law enforcement whether it’s getting someone out of a bad situation or helping someone who is having a mental health crisis.”
He said he has been steadily involved with at least three departments since he began his career four years ago. In addition to the Belmont and Bridgeport police departments, he is also a part-time officer for the Wintersville Police Department where his career started locally.
“I get a wide variety of experience being involved with the three departments. It gives me the experience to make me a better officer,” he said.
Miller also holds multiple college degrees in the criminal justice field with plans to obtain another in the near future. He is currently enrolled at Eastern Gateway Community College working toward obtaining a degree in business management, a degree that he said will assist him with his duties as chief of police.
“Being the chief, I’m in charge of the budget, personel hours, equipment, cruiser maintenance and more. I think the management side will help me better serve my officers; and the business side will help me better serve the community with getting us the training that we need and the equipment that we need,” he said.
Miller said loves his job as an officer and plans to continue on his path of serving in local law enforcement.
“My goal is to continue getting better at what I do and being able to better serve the community through an education standpoint, and through actual job experience. I plan to continue growing at what I’m doing, but I don’t see myself doing anything else,” he said.