Dearborn's fire chief will be leaving for a new job, Mayor Jack O'Reilly confirmed this week.
Head of the Dearborn Fire Department Richard Miller is expected to assume his new post as state fire marshal in March. The state fire marshal leads the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services, and also serves as a member of the State Fire Safety Board, Fire Fighters Training Council and state Board of Mechanical Rules.
He was appointed to the position by Gov. Rick Snyder.
"Richard Miller is a great fit for this post," said Snyder. "He brings extensive training and more than 30 years of experience, and I am confident he will continue to ensure utmost quality and efficiency when it comes to safeguarding Michigan citizens and property from fire related emergencies."
Miller was not immediately available for comment.
A retired senior battalion chief from Dearborn's department, Miller was chosen to head up the crew in June 2010 by Mayor O'Reilly. He was appointed to the state Fire Safety Board in September 2011.
Miller had previously served Dearborn as a firefighter starting in 1982, rising in the ranks as fire inspector in 1992, lieutenant in 1998, captain in 2002 and senior battalion chief in 2004.
In 2007, he was hired as the operations manager for K & S services in Southgate; and in 2009, he joined RAMCO Gershenson in Farmington Hills as operations manager in the Retail Maintenance Services Division.
Miller is a lifelong Dearborn resident and has volunteered for the Burn Drive, Dearborn Goodfellows, Meals on Wheels and Divine Child Parish.
Mayor O'Reilly is currently searching for Miller's replacement, although no names have been announced.