CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Del. Rodney Miller (D-Boone) has been named 2020 Legislator of the Year by the West Virginia Association for Justice.
“During the 2020 session of the West Virginia Legislature Delegate Rodney Miller sponsored HB 4178, which requires call centers to maintain recordings of 911 calls for two years. The legislation makes these critical records available to law enforcement and other parties in both criminal and civil cases. It's an important change that can help ensure justice in our courtrooms,” said Kristina Thomas Whiteaker, who served as the 2019 – 2020 president of the West Virginia Association for Justice.
Prior to the passage of HB 4178, the recordings were retained for just 90 days. Miller has more than 30 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, and it was this experience that led him to spearhead the effort on the legislation.
"Often there is critical information in the emergency 911 calls that can be used in criminal investigations and when preparing cases for court. It was important to preserve that evidence and make those records available. It was just common sense," said Miller.
Under Miller’s leadership, the proposal received bi-partisan support in the legislature and support from law enforcement organizations and attorneys statewide. It became law June 5, 2020.
Whiteaker presented Delegate Miller with the award on Thursday, November 12 at the Kanawha County Courthouse.
"It is an extreme honor to receive this award. In law enforcement, I worked within the system and saw where things could be better and wanted to do the right thing for the public good. It means a lot for that effort to be recognized by attorneys who work in that court system on a regular basis," said Miller.
Whiteaker also recognized Miller for his legislative advocacy on behalf of West Virginia consumers, workers and small business owners. "Throughout his four years in the legislature, Delegate Miller has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of his constituents and all West Virginians."
Miller serves in the West Virginia Legislature with WVAJ Vice President Chad Lovejoy (D-Cabell).
"I've had the privilege of serving with Rodney Miller since we were both elected in 2016. His lifetime of service in law enforcement provides unique insight into West Virginia's judicial system, both in terms of where it works well and where it needs improvement. Delegate Miller uses that experience for the benefit of the people of West Virginia, where his dedication to creating a better West Virginia is evident daily at the Capitol," said Lovejoy.
Delegate Miller spent more than 30 years in the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, protecting and serving county residents first as a deputy sheriff and then as the elected sheriff. He is a past president of both the West Virginia Deputy Sheriffs Association and the West Virginia Sheriffs Association. Retired from law enforcement, Miller now serves as the executive director of the West Virginia Sheriffs Association.
Delegate Miller has represented Boone County’s 23rd House district since he was elected to the seat in 2016. Delegate Miller earned an associate degree from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology and a B. A. from West Virginia State University.