Miller resigns from WASD; has option to return to force

Less than two days after accepting a position as supervisor of pupil transportation and school safety at Williamsport Area School District, Jody A. Miller submitted his resignation Friday, leaving open his return to Williamsport Bureau of Police as a sergeant or another position, city and school district officials said.

The district received Miller’s resignation Friday, said Dr. Timothy Bowers, district superintendent.

Legally and contractually, Miller may return to the city force as a sergeant overseeing a shift or become a school resource officer, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said.

Miller had 19 years on the department, according to William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director. To obtain a full pension, officers must have worked for 20 years and reached age 50.

Initially, Miller was named as the department chief to fill the spot left by the retirement of Chief David J. Young on Jan. 12, but Campana said Miller accepted the school district position and told him three days before Christmas it was “too good to pass up.”

Miller said he would be leaving by Jan. 4 and Campana said he scrambled to find a replacement along with a change in assistant chief, who was going to be Capt. Donald Mayes.

Campana named retired patrolman Marvin “Doc” Miller as chief and former Agent Damon Hagan as assistant chief.

“I respected his interest in another position elsewhere,” Campana said of Jody Miller.

Mayes has the option to return to be a police agent, Campana said.

The command on the department remains chief and assistant chief, Campana said.

Attempts to reach Jody Miller for comment on his plans have not been successful.

Police sources said Miller might be a captain for about five days before he returns to rank of sergeant.

Human resources director Megan Dayhoff said the situation remains “fluid” and would be dependent on Miller. At the time she was asked before the City Council meeting, Dayhoff was not aware that Miller was prepared to tender his resignation of the newly accepted school position.

In terms of this year’s budget for police, Campana said he thinned the department ranks by four officers to meet budgetary restraints.

The department has a budget of 47 officers, down by four last year.

But it was operating for much of the year on 49 officers, a fluctuation that normally occurs with retirements, resignations, military deployments and terminations.

Before the switches authorized by Campana, Miller was a captain who was assigned to provide information on an as needed basis to the news media and public.

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