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. 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
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.