XENIA — After nearly 28 years with the City of Xenia, 911 dispatcher Connie Miller retired March 31.
A graduate of Xenia High School, Miller started her public safety career as a dispatcher with the Spring Valley Fire Department, where she also served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT).
Miller began her career with Xenia in 1989 as a part-time communications operator and accepted a full-time position in 1992. During the course of her career, she successfully completed many training courses related to dispatch and domestic violence, basic life support, hazardous materials, fire service dispatch, emergency medical dispatch, and law enforcement dispatch, just to name a few.
As a member of the Xenia-Greene Central Communications Center, Miller answered and dispatched emergency and non-emergency calls for the citizens of the Greene County area including the City of Xenia and several surrounding townships and villages. She received numerous commendations for her expertise, knowledge, teamwork and professional efforts during critical incidents.
“Connie will be greatly missed,” said Police Chief Randy Person. “Her quiet demeanor, steadfast dedication to the job, and training as a firefighter/EMT has ensured that our community receives the best response possible in any emergency handled by Connie.”
Miller was nominated by her fellow communications operators and selected by a panel of directors to receive the 1998 Communications Operator of the Year at the Xenia Police Division’s Awards Ceremony. She was recognized for professionalism, dedication to her profession and her extra effort to provide excellent customer service. During her career, she also received numerous commendations and letters of appreciation including a letter of appreciation from Governor Taft for her efforts during the crisis of the September 2000 tornado.
“It has been a pleasure working with Connie,” said Communications Director Mindy Lane. “We are losing a wealth of knowledge with her retirement and she will be very much missed. We wish her the best of luck in her next adventure.”
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.