Jose Miller named Goshen Chief of Police
GOSHEN, Ind. – A new police chief for the city of Goshen. Tuesday afternoon's announcement comes after the tragic loss of the city’s former chief, Wade Branson.
Branson died on June 25 after a battle with cancer. ABC 57 News first told you about Chief Branson’s death last Monday, and that story included heartwarming comments from then Acting Chief Jose Miller, who earlier today was named the Chief of Police.
Jose Miller was born in Goshen and raised in Middlebury. Miller was named the new Goshen Chief of Police by Mayor Stutsman earlier today, “it is my pleasure to announce that Jose D. Miller has been named the 22nd Chief of Police for the Goshen Police Department,” said Mayor Stutsman.
The appointment comes a week after the passing of the Late Chief Wade Branson, who died from colon cancer.
During the announcement, Mayor Stutsman said Chief Wade Branson’s passing “was sudden and came far too early. Wade’s work and legacy in our community will be second to none.” The mayor spoke in length about new Chief Miller’s qualifications, citing Miller’s “incredible policing background.”
Incredible, because Chief Miller brings almost 24 years of law enforcement experience.
While Chief Jose Miller would have rather earned this title under different circumstances, he said he learned a lot from Branson while serving as the Assistant Chief of Police.
“For over 9 years, I was fortunate enough to assist him with implementing his vision. My intention is to continue with this vision and expand in those areas which will help create a safer community for all our residents,” said Chief Miller.
The new chief also wants to make the police force better with help from the entire city, including the mayor and the Goshen City Common Council.
“The more support that we can provide to the community, the more support the community will provide to us. The Goshen Police Department has an excellent reputation and this excellence will continue through our administration,” said Chief Miller.
Chief Miller credits the late Chief Branson for shaping him into the police officer he is today. One of Chief Miller’s biggest goals is to get the community and police department to work together as one, much like a partnership, and not as two separate things.