I am officially endorsing Capt. Mike Miller for sheriff of Bedford County. I took a position of remaining neutral during the Republican primary until the voters “spoke,” and they elected Mike as their candidate. The primary was open to all registered voters.

Mike is a 35-plus year veteran of the sheriff’s office and has served with distinction in personnel/administrative/budget, and is currently the captain of operations, which encompasses investigations, vice/narcotics, tactical/SWAT team and patrol operations. Mike has initiated and directed numerous community outreach programs and was instrumental in organizing anti-active shooter programs to religious, fraternal, educational and industrial entities.

He directed the investigation of the 40-year-old cold case of the Lyon sisters. As a result, the subject was arrested and convicted for the murders. He also directed the investigation in the abduction and murder of Raymond Wood. As a result, five MS-13 members were arrested with two having been found guilty and the remaining subjects awaiting trial.

He is currently enrolled in Duke University’s Divinity School and has completed advanced courses sponsored by the FBI, DEA, AFT, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Mike continually expands his horizons in his chosen profession ... law enforcement!

I ask you to vote for Capt. Mike Miller on Nov. 5.

Sheriff Mike Brown

Bedford County Sheriff's Office