Tribute to Commissioner Joe E. Millerby Representative Shelley Moore Capito
Posted on 2013-01-14
of west virginia
in the house of representatives
Monday, January 14, 2013
Mrs. CAPITO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the career and
lifetime achievements of West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Commissioner Joe E. Miller. Commissioner Miller's record of public
service is one of devotion and self sacrifice; both during his military
career and in his time as a public servant.
Joe Miller began serving his fellow citizens in 1958, when he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he attended Officer Candidates School. Over the next twenty years Miller would serve two tours in Vietnam and receive numerous awards and promotions, before finally retiring in 1978 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In 1997, Miller was appointed to the position of Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles by Governor Cecil Underwood and reappointed in 2009 by Governor Joe Manchin. Throughout his time as Commissioner, Miller has successfully overseen many challenging projects for the Division of Motor Vehicles. Highlights of his tenure include West Virginia's compliance with the Real ID Act of 2005, integration of the Electronic Commercial Driver's License Testing System, and development of the division's Regional Office Plan, stating, ``Every citizen in the state should have reasonable access to essential DMV services.'' Commissioner Miller resides in Putnam County with his wife, Darleen S. Miller. He has five children, daughters; Jenny, Debbie, Susie, Heather (deceased), and one son, Mike.
Mr. Speaker, the State of West Virginia, and indeed, the United States of America owe Commissioner Joe E. Miller a debt of gratitude for his many years of honorable service.