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Governor Ernie Fletcher and Secretary of Justice Steve Pence
Announce Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police - Former
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky Selected

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Governor Ernie Fletcher and Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of the Justice Cabinet Steve Pence announced today that former United States Attorney Mark Miller of Louisville will serve as Kentucky State Police Commissioner. Miller, who served as United States Attorney from September 2003 to December 2003, had previously served as Chief of the United States Attorney´s Criminal Division for the Western District of Kentucky from November 2001 to September 2003 and was Assistant United States Attorney from September 1990 to November 2001.

"It is an honor to be selected to fill this important criminal justice position," stated Mark Miller. "I look forward to working with the great people in the Kentucky State Police as we work together with Governor Fletcher and Lt. Governor Steve Pence to ensure Kentucky´s families and communities are protected and safe."

In addition to his service with the United State´s Attorney´s office, Mark Miller also serves as a Major in the Judge Advocate General´s Corp, 139th LSO and is Commander of a team of Judge Advocates responsible for providing legal services, training and representation to the members of the 81st Reserve Support Command in seven states.

"I know that Mark Miller fills Governor Fletcher´s criteria as someone who is effective and understands how to get things done," said Lt. Governor Pence. "Mark has served for quite some time in the United States Attorney´s office and I know he is an outstanding man with the integrity and leadership abilities to direct the Kentucky State Police."

Mark Miller received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville in May 1979 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Louisville School of Law in May 1984. He has also attained numerous honors including Co-Chairman of Criminal Section of the Louisville Bar Association in 1990 and President of the Kentucky Academy of Justice in1994.

"I am certain that Mark Miller will be a tremendous asset to the Kentucky State Police and this Commonwealth," stated Governor Ernie Fletcher. "Throughout his work with the United States Attorney´s office, Mark has been effective in further protecting the citizens of this state. I am confident that he will continue this work as Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police."

Mark Miller will take over in the Office of the Commissioner on March 1, 2004.

"The people of the Western District of Kentucky were ably served by Interim United States Attorney Mark Miller. Mark dedicated himself and the office to the continued pursuit of justice and to the protection of the lives and liberties of the American people. We wish him well as he meets the challenges of his new position as Commissioner of Kentucky State Police," said Attorney General John Ashcroft.

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