Our Police Chief


                Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller began his career in policing during his 
            high school years.  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. 
                 After graduating from Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Joe worked for the 
            Chicago Police Department in their Data Systems Unit. Joe started as a dispatcher 
            with the Orland Park Police Department while attending college. Joe attended recruit 
            training at the Cook County Sheriff's Academy and became an officer with the
            Orland Park Police Department. 
                 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 a graduate of the Northwestern University School of 
            Police Staff and Command, Northwestern'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 

                 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. 

                 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" 
                 In the Spring of 2016, Joe completed the University of Southern California,
            Marshall School of Business Executive Education program on talent utilization. 
                 In the Spring of 2017, Joe began the Temple University Leadership Program 
            to hone his leadership skills and develop principles of successful team management.