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April 4, 2013

Blinn’s new police chief excited to be in Brenham

Miller is a veteran of law enforcement, higher education

Chief Charles Miller

New Blinn College Police Chief Charles Miller knows how to conduct an investigation.

So after several friends recommended that he consider Blinn’s vacancy, Miller drove from Houston to Brenham, where he quietly toured the campus, speaking to students, faculty and visitors he met along the way. He then expanded his exploration, driving through Brenham and Washington County before stopping at Must Be Heaven in historic downtown Brenham for a bite to eat and a bit of conversation.

Well before Miller finished his burger, he knew Brenham would make a fantastic home.
“I drove around Washington County and fell in love with the hills,” he said. “It’s just beautiful. What could you not like about this place?”

Miller happily accepted the job a few days later, replacing Chief Claude Free, who retired to take a new position at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“I haven’t talked to anybody who doesn’t like Blinn,” Miller said. “When you talk about a working environment, that’s pretty rare.”

Miller’s 17-year career began with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney’s office before he joined Houston Baptist University (HBU) as an investigator in 2001. He served 12 years there, including six as chief. As head of the department, Miller was also in charge of HBU’s parking services and fleet management.

“I really enjoyed my time at HBU,” Miller said. “It was my first experience working in college law enforcement and it was very different from what I’d been doing before, but it turned out to be the best career move I could have made professionally and personally. I found out that I really enjoy interacting with the cross section of people on campus.”

That enjoyment was reflected in the wealth of programming Miller’s department organized and/or participated in at HBU. Police participated in student orientation, coordinated an anti-bullying campaign using Frisbees to promote campus camaraderie and hosted hot dog cook-offs that allowed officers to speak to students about basic campus safety.

Miller plans to bring similar programs to Blinn.

“The big picture is creating an environment that is safe for faculty, staff and students,” he said.

“That’s why I’m here, to give everyone a safe environment to flourish with a feeling of peace and security.”