Phil Miller

Early Life

Sheriff Miller was raised in Douglas County in the Hannah and Fairplay communities in the southern part of Douglas County.


He started in law enforcement in 1971 at the Douglasville Police Department, where he eventually became that agency’s first plain-clothes detective. He was later recruited in 1976 by Sheriff Earl D. Lee to join the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, where he spent the next 23 years rising through the ranks of the department. Phil Miller of Douglasville took office as Sheriff in January of 2001 at the age of 48. He served as Sheriff for four terms, retiring at the end of 2016.

Under Sheriff Miller’s leadership, the Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Douglasville Police Department to create two joint units, the Major Case Unit and the Felony Interception Narcotics Detection (FIND) unit. Miller’s time as Sheriff also saw the building of the new law enforcement and jail facility located at:
8470 Earl D. Lee Boulevard
Douglasville, GA 30134

In total, Sheriff Miller spent 46 years in law enforcement before retiring.


Miller’s father was Thad Miller, who was Chief of Police of the Douglasville Police Department through much of the 1970s. Miller continues to live in Douglas County with his wife, Gloria.