The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department has a new chief deputy. Major Marc Miley received the promotion late last week, effective immediately.
As a prior training officer with Lowndes County, Miley has over 20 years of law enforcement experience.
Miley began his career in 1988 with the Aberdeen Police Department as a patrolman. He moved to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department in 1994 and began working as an investigator. He left the department in 2002 and did a brief stint with the Department of Human Services before rejoining the sheriff’s department as assistant shift supervisor in 2002.
On Nov. 16 2006, Miley and Metro-Narcotics Agent Sgt. Archie Williams encountered a threat each officer potentially faces every day. While out on patrol, Miley and then deputy Williams responded to a call of a reportedly mentally ill man at the Applewood Apartment complex off of William Roberts Road. The man charged the pair and wielded a metal object that he used as a club. After being tased four times, twice by both deputies, the unaffected assailant hit Williams, first in the shoulder, then in the head, knocking him unconscious. Miley and the man wrestled to the ground with the attacker straddling Miley, pounding him repeatedly in the head, rendering the deputy unconscious and on the edge of death. Williams came to and saw the man pummeling a bloody Miley relentlessly with the metal object. Williams then responded with lethal force. Both Miley and Williams were transported to the hospital with Miley in critical condition.
After his recovery, Miley returned back to the streets before becoming the training officer for the county in 2007.
Miley was promoted to major earlier this year under then chief deputy Greg Wright. Wright is now a lieutenant in the criminal investigations division. In addition to his professional accomplishment, Miley also recently celebrated an engagement to sheriff Mike Arledge’s campaign manager, Liza Shannon. The pair met while Shannon was working on Arledge’s recent campaign.
Miley and Arledge have known each other for over 30 years and Miley fondly recalls the story of their first encounter. According to Miley, he was 15 years old when he was pulled over for a broken headlight. The patrolman asked Miley if he knew his headlight was out and Miley responded that no, he did not. Miley claims he then got out of the car, approached the headlight in question and hit it until it flickered back on. Miley told the patrolman, “It works now, doesn’t it?” That patrolman was Mike Arledge and so began a lifelong friendship. Miley says he is looking forward to the opportunity to help guide the department and is impressed with the caliber of men and women working at the Sheriff’s Department.
Miley commented, “In the past month there have been some changes. We’re really coming together. Each department is working together, patrol working with investigations, investigations with narcotics, everyone is really working as a team. I’m proud of that.”