GREENSBORO – Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller talked with WFMY News 2 on Tuesday for his first on-camera interview since he announced he's retiring. His retirement comes despite receiving a raise less than a year ago in October 2013. The city increased his salary by nearly $27,000, but that does not totally compensate him for the money he would receive from his retirement.
"There's money at stake that basically you never recover. And so I'm currently in that situation, I'll be in that situation until I leave," Miller said.
He said every day he works for GPD past his retirement, he's losing money. He said he stayed to reach some of his goals for the department like setting up neighborhood oriented policing.
"When a new chief comes in and sees this plan, they're going to see the kind of concepts that most chiefs want to inherit," Miller said.
While Miller is technically retiring from working in North Carolina, he still plans to work outside of the state and receive his pension payments. He's one of the candidates for a police chief position in Greenville, SC and is also looking at other opportunities.
"Well, I want to continue to be challenged in ways that help me grow and help me bring about change in communities to make them better, make them stronger."
He said it will be difficult to leave the Greensboro community, but added it's the perfect time to make the transition.
"I've grown fond of the men and women in the department and the work that they've done and their commitment to service and the commitment to community," Miller said.