Miller Looks Forward to Serving Clay County
Terry Miller of Corning will assume the office of Sheriff of Clay County on Jan. 1, 2015, following his victory over incumbent sheriff Gerald McClung in the May 20 Democratic Primary. Miller, a native of Corning, will be unopposed in November's general election.
In the weeks since the primary, McClung has been in contact with Miller, assisting with the upcoming transition.
"I am thankful to Sheriff McClung for the race we were able to run and I appreciate him working with me during this transition," Miller said. "He's been very helpful and I look forward to working with the people in his department."
McClung noted the importance of working together for the benefit of the residents of Clay County.
"He and I both want what's best for the people in this county," McClung said. "I'm happy to help make that possible by working with him any way I can."
Miller, a 1975 graduate of Corning High School, served in the United State Air Force after high school, where he was stationed in North Dakota. He returned home when his service was completed, joining the Corning Police Department in 1983. He worked as a deputy with the Clay County Sheriff's Department briefly in 1987, beginning in January before leaving to work with the Arkansas State Highway Patrol in November of that year. He remained with the state police until his retirement in 2009, having received the rank of patrol sergeant.
"I was drawn to law enforcement because I wanted to help others," Miller said. "Working in law enforcement is a way to give back to the community."
Miller says he is happy to once again have the opportunity to serve the people of Clay County.
"My main goal is just to protect the citizens of Clay County; protect their lives and their property," Miller said. "Sheriff McClung has done a good job and I want to continue that. I want to let people thinking of moving here know this is a great place to live and we're going to work hard so they can feel safe here."
Miller and his wife, Janice, are the parents of three daughters, Amanda of Corning, Jennifer of Crockett and the late Jessica.
"I want to thank everyone for the support they've shown me," Miller said. "I look forward to working with everyone and serving the people of Clay County."