Miller named as next Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Highway Patrol has a new leader. Major Rick Miller of Pierre has been named the next superintendent.
As superintendent, Miller will be responsible for statewide operations, including managing a multimillion dollar budget and providing leadership to 193 state troopers and 85 civilian staff.
The superintendent also acts as a liaison between local, state, tribal and federal agencies.
Miller currently serves as the assistant superintendent for the Highway Patrol. He is originally from Watertown and served almost seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He’s been with the Highway Patrol for nearly 18 years, serving as both a trooper and a police service dog handler.
“I’m grateful for the confidence that Secretary Price and Gov. Noem have in me,” Miller said. “My goal as Superintendent is simple – give our motor carrier inspectors and our troopers the support, training and resources needed so they can best serve the public and return home safely each night to their own families.”
Miller is replacing Colonel Craig Price, who was appointed to the position in 2010 by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and has now been appointed to Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Public Safety by Gov. Noem. It was Price who first promoted Miller to assistant superintendent in 2013.
“Rick is loyal, dedicated and hard-working. He’s got integrity and he’s got common sense,” said Secretary Price. “He is well regarded by our Highway Patrol staff and other law enforcement agencies. Rick is ready to lead the Highway Patrol.”
Miller will become the 14th superintendent in the history of the Highway Patrol, which was established in 1937. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is headquartered in Pierre is a part of the Department of Public Safety.