December 19, 2014

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Medina sheriff taps former chief deputy to serve again

MEDINA — The Medina County Sheriff’s Office is going back to the future for a new No. 2.

Sheriff Neil Hassinger has selected former chief deputy Tom Miller as the department’s new chief. Miller replaces Ken Baca, who retired in June after four years at the position.

“Tom knows the people and the building here,” said Hassinger, who made his selection last week. “He’ll hit the ground running and need no indoctrination period. (Tom) knows it all, and that’s what I need here.”

Miller’s first day on the job will be Oct. 11, the sheriff said. He currently serves as the director of protective services at Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.

Hassinger noted Miller left the sheriff’s office in 2007 after 15 years with the department. Prior to being named chief deputy in the late 1990s, Miller, a then lieutenant, was the commander of the county jail.

“We’re glad to have Tom back,” the sheriff said. “He’s very capable with tremendous management skills and personnel abilities.”

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.