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Interim Police Chief to be Sworn in Monday

Art Miller replaces Joseph Payne, who served as the South Pasadena Police chief for two and a half years.

Interim South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller will take his oath of office during a public ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday, in the city council chambers, located at 1424 Mission St.

City Manager Sergio Gonzalez has announced Miller's appointment, following former Police Chief Joseph Payne resignation earlier this month, after a 40-year career with the South Pasadena Police Department.

Miller joins South Pasadena with more than 34 years of experience in law enforcement. A retired captain for the Los Angeles Police Department, Miller was in charge of LAPD’s Metropolitan, Southwest and Hollywood Divisions.

“I am genuinely excited about the opportunity and am looking forward to working with the department, city staff, city council and the community,” Miller stated in a press release.

"We’re very fortunate to have him join our city, and I am confident that he will serve our city very well,'' Gonzalez said in a prepared statement.

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Police Chief: 'I was Asked to Step Down'

Police Chief Resigns

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Craig Bushey February 25, 2013 at 02:50 PM
The people of So. Pas. are very fortunate to have Art as the chief. He is a good man.
Donna Evans February 25, 2013 at 04:19 PM
How do you know him, Craig? Do you plan to head to City Hall for the swearing in this afternoon?
Ron Rosen February 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM
I wish I could be at the swearing in. I've heard nothing but good things about Art Miller. From what City Manger Sergio Gonzalez has told the media, it appears that Captain Miller applied for Chief in 2010. I surmise that he was highly ranked in 2010. He was passed over, however, because Joe Payne was the predetermined choice of certain councilmembers who prevailed upon the then-city manager to do what they wanted. This was known in November 2009 and published in the Star News as early as January 16, 2010. It's good that the City Manager reached back to that list and chose a candidate who likely should have been selected in 2010.
Donna Evans February 25, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I'll have the video and photos posted soon, folks. Representatives from San Marino and Alhambra PD came out, as well as LAPD and lots of South Pas officers and officials.

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