Former Norcross police chief dies from cancer

NORCROSS - Richard Miller, the former chief of Norcross' police department, died Thursday.

Miller, who retired as a lieutenant with the Atlanta Police Department before taking over the suburban town's force, was 59.

"I had great respect for him," said former Mayor Lillian Webb. "He was respected and highly thought of (by citizens and merchants)."

Miller, who suffered from cancer, served eight years as the city's top lawman, ending in 2005.

Current Chief Dallas Stidd, said he learned a lot from Miller while they served together.

"He's a great guy, always encouraging anybody. He was a good cop and a good chief," Stidd said. "Everybody in the department thought the world of him."

Miller is survived by his wife Sheila; son and daughter-in-law Richard L. Miller Jr. and Lacy Miller of Cumming; daughters and son-in-law Melissa and Bob Crean of Roswell and Tori Miller of Kennesaw; and four grandchildren.

A funeral service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Norcross. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Screven.