2017 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll
Washington High School, 1968
Other Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Attended: Hazel Grove Elementary, Coronado Junior High
By the age of nine, Ronald Miller knew he wanted a career in law enforcement. At the time, he thought it would be cool to be a national park service ranger. He did not become a ranger with the park system, but he did have a 34-year career in law enforcement, where he quickly moved up the ranks of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. He began his career with the department as a patrol officer and served in other capacities before becoming the police chief from 2000 – 2006. He served as the chief of police of the Topeka (Kansas) Police Department from 2006 – 2014.
Today, he is the United States Marshal for the District of Kansas. It is a position he was appointed to by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2015.
There are 94 federal districts in the United States. Kansas has one Federal District with about 100 people who work in either Kansas City, Kansas, Topeka or Wichita. The role of Miller and his team is to protect the federal judicial process and to make sure it operates smoothly.
Miller credits his professional success to a number of men who were role models who imparted wisdom throughout his life. One mentor was former Kansas City, Kansas Police Chief Allan Meyers who inspired him on his law enforcement journey. It’s a role Miller has proudly embraced with other individuals who are dedicated to protecting citizens. “I only have a length of time to be here to serve others; so, I have to pass along the knowledge to others, he said.”
He credits his educational success with the solid foundation that began with Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. He remembers the support he received from his music teacher Mr. Edwin Hosking at Washington High School, his sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Betty Burgess; and his third-grade teacher Mrs. Lorene Sandstrom, who were both on staff at Hazel Grove Elementary School.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, Kansas Chiefs of Police, Kansas Sheriffs Association and the Kansas City Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association.
He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Central Missouri State University and a master’s degree in the administration of criminal justice from Wichita State University.
He still calls Kansas City, Kansas home, where he lives with his wife of 25 years, Sara. They have three children, Wendy, Ryan and Heather, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His advice to students: “Figure out what you want to do in life and pursue it vigorously.”