Albany PD spokesperson retiring
After more than a dozen years on the job, Albany Police Spokesman James Miller is leaving his post. YNN's Lori Chung sat down with the veteran officer for a look back at his career.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- After two decades in the Albany Police Department, James Miller literally has box loads of memories.
The last 13 years spent as the face of the Albany PD. A post he leaves this week.
"This has been a big part of my life, 13 years of being the spokesperson, it's somewhere where I really felt I fit in,” Miller said.
Miller was 25 when he began his career back in 1992 as a patrolman. Four years later, he became a detective. But Police Chief Steven Krokoff, who came up through the ranks with Miller, says his promotion to public information officer made Miller a bit of a trailblazer.
"It really wasn't well thought of or well regarded or well thought of at the time that it was important to understand how the relationship between the media and what role that really played," Krokoff said.
But he says Miller helped set a standard.
Krokoff said, "He has demonstrated to me how important it is to make sure that we get as much information out as possible."
And while there have been highs, Miller has also seen some lows.
"A good friend, John Finn, getting shot and killed during a robbery,” Miller said. “I'll always remember that time."
And he also made headlines himself last year when he was arrested on a DWI charge. Something he says he's learned from.
"It was important for me to try to handle it responsibly and not deny that it happened,” said Miller. “I also wanted to show that you can move forward."
Looking ahead, Miller's mulling over his options, from launching his own PR firm to a possible run for public office.
“Even before Jack McEneny announced he wasn't running again, I was looking at the redistricting to see if there was a role there for me," Miller said.
"He's young and there's a lot of things that he's considering. We'll just support him in whatever he wants to do," Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings said.
Whatever he decides, he says he's ready for the next chapter and grateful for the experiences for the last 20 years.
"I really wouldn't have traded this for anything," said Miller.