The city of Greensboro and Police Chief Ken Miller reached an agreement for Miller to remain in his post with a $27,200 pay increase beginning Nov. 1. Rumors circulated rapidly about Miller's potential departure from the department when he posted on LinkedIn that he is eligible for retirement in a few months and would be available for work. Many saw the move as a power play to force the city to negotiate a salary increase, though the specifics of how the deal unfolded are unclear.
Miller will now be paid $175,500, up from his current $148,311 salary. The city said the rate "offsets a separation allowance Miller would have received if he retired." Miller would have received about $38,500 in the allowance from the city if he retired in March of 2014, a requirement of the state's retirement system that is only available to law-enforcement officers, the city said.
City Manager Denise Turner Roth said in a press release that, “Under Chief Miller, the relationships between the police department and community have improved, crime is down across the city, and the men and women of our police department have focused on keeping Greensboro safe and secure."
“The alternative would have been to allow Chief Miller to retire, pay the separation allowance, and start the process of finding a replacement," Roth said. "In weighing the best decision for the city, I have elected to have Chief Miller remain in his capacity and continue his and the GPD’s effective work. In doing so, we have reached a mutually beneficial agreement and increased his salary by approximately $27,000 (to $175,500 per year) to help offset the loss of the allowance.”
Miller said he is "excited" to remain in his position and is looking forward to "leading the department into the future."