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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: June 5 , 2007


Santa Monica College Police Chief Eileen Miller – who retired May 31 after 33 years of service to the college and who made history as SMC's first female officer, sergeant and chief – will be honored June 13 as “Manager of the Year.”

SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang will present the award to Miller June 13 at SMC's 2007 “Recognition Program,” which also honors retirees and employees with longevity.

Miller, of Long Beach , who started as an officer at the college in 1974 and became chief in 1995, has made a major impact on the security of SMC, considered one of the safest campuses in Southern California.

Under her tenure, the college was transformed from being policed by a security agency to a bona fide independent police department with certification from the State of California . Over time, the department grew from a security force of two officers to 15 officers and 51 parking security officers.

Also under her administration, support pacts were articulated with the Santa Monica and Los Angeles police departments. And she rapidly modernized her department with current weaponry, vehicles, radios, dispatch support staff and ongoing professional training for all the police officers.

“Over the past 33 years, SMC has had no major incidents to speak of, no alarming events like the one our nation recently experienced involving horrific acts of violence against students and faculty,” said Al DeSalles, president of the SMC Management Association. “You can say that we've been lucky and you can also say that we've been protected and watched over by a caring, thoughtful and deliberative administrator who has single-handedly made it her life work to plan and appropriately respond to any and all threats to our well-being.”

Miller has also been praised for her conscientious work habits – typically arriving on campus at 3:30 a.m. every day and leaving 12 hours or so later – and for her excellent people skills.


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