Newport City Recorder Peggy Hawker swore in the town’s newest police recruit Tuesday evening. He is now Newport Police Officer Daniel Miller, a former three year veteran of the Oakridge Police Department and a four year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Officer Miller was caught in the middle of Oakridge’s notorious financial meltdown that has decimated its city government, including police force. So Officer Miller applied for an officer’s position with Newport and beat out many other candidates for the job.
Officer Miller was warmly welcomed by the city council and was given stand-up applause by the council and the audience upon completion of his swearing in. Chief Mark Miranda said Officer Miller is an good addition to the police department but added that the department is still one position short of a fully staffed force. And there’s no budget to fill that one position.