PLYMOUTH — Mayor Mark Senter announced at Monday's city council meeting that he had chosen Rodney Miller as Plymouth's new fire chief. Miller will replace Andy Metsker, who resigned earlier this month.
When asked later why he chose Miller, Senter replied simply: "Experience. His 22 years on the job is very important. I believe that like Andy, (Miller) will lend a quiet leadership to the job and I look forward to working with him."
Miller was a volunteer firefighter in Argos before joining the Plymouth Fire Department in 1990 as a full-time employee.
"I'm looking forward to serving in a different capacity for the community," said Miller Monday. "I love this community, I raised my family here. There are some big shoes to fill — the Plymouth Fire Department has a lot of history to it. I'm looking forward to continuing that."
Miller was greeted with a room full of applause as his new position was announced, and many members of the audience and of the council congratulated him and offered their well wishes.
Councilman Wayne Smith, who hired Miller on in 1990, said: "I've worked with Rod for a good many years and I've always enjoyed working with him."
New councilman Don Ecker also commented, saying that Miller had been on the scene when Ecker's wife was involved in an accident and he was very impressed with Miller's professionalism and comforting manner.