Our Police Chief


Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller began his career in policing while still in high school. While still in high school, Joe became a police cadet and attained the rank of Cadet Captain. He has remained a big proponent of the Law Enforcement Exploring and cadet programs.

Education & Experience

After graduating from Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Joe worked for the Chicago Police Department in their Data Systems Unit. While attending college, Joe started as a dispatcher with the Orland Park Police Department and became an Orland Park officer in the 1980’s. Joe attended recruit training at the Cook County Sheriff’s Academy.

During his career Joe has worked as a Juvenile officer, Truck Enforcement officer, Arson investigator, detective, patrol sergeant, lieutenant, commander and deputy chief. In the summer of 1992 Joe became the Chief of Police in Orland Hills, Illinois where he served for six years.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal-Social Justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Lewis University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

In addition he is also graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Northwester’s Executive Management Program, the F.B.I.’s Law Enforcement Executive Development program, DePaul University’s Human Resource Management program and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University’s Executive Management training.


Joe currently teaches criminology and management courses at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL and Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Joe is the past president of the 5th District Police Chiefs Association and past president of the Greater Cook County Council of Police Chiefs.

Continuing Education

In the past several years, Joe has completed the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Intercultural Management program focused on principled centered business practices and in 2014 he completed The Rutgers University Business School Human Resource Law “Best Practices” program.

This Fall Joe starts the 2015-2016 University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business Executive Education program on talent utilization, allocating personnel, building trust and establishing accountability from leadership on down.