Blowing Rock Police promotes two officers
“Recent vacancies within the Blowing Rock Police Department have presented an opportunity to refocus the department back to its customer service roots,” according to Chief Eric Brown.
This week Brown announced the selection of the town fire marshal, Aaron Miller, for the position of police captain and BRPD Detective Angel Mahaffey for the position of lieutenant.
Miller and Mahaffey join the department’s leadership team with each possessing strong law enforcement experience and a solid commitment to hometown service, Brown said.
Miller joined Blowing Rock Emergency Services on Jan. 1, 2007, and most recently served as fire marshal.
With a total of 19 years experience in law enforcement, 13 of those years being full time, Miller is well-known for his positive attitude and excellent training skills, Brown said.
Miller previously served as the chief of Blowing Rock Rescue and has served on the Blowing Rock Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years.
Since his hiring in 2007, Miller has continued to serve as a reserve police officer for the town of Blowing Rock.
Prior to joining the town staff, he served with the Hickory Police department for seven years, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Probation and Parole.
Miller’s law enforcement certifications include law enforcement instructor and arson investigator, and he holds certifications in level I and II fire prevention standard inspection, EMT-paramedics, level II firefighter and fire and life safety education.
Miller is a native of the Blowing Rock community. He graduated from Watauga High School and has an associate degree from Western Piedmont Community College. He is the father of two sons and is married to Angie Miller, who works as a human resources consultant at Appalachian State University.
Mahaffey joined the Blowing Rock Police Department on Dec. 1, 2008, and serves as investigator for the department, where she has received many accolades for her key role in numerous investigative successes, according to Brown.
Mahaffey completed her basic law enforcement training at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, and previously worked with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, where she was employed as a detention officer and bailiff.
Additional previous work experience includes her service as a school teacher for Caldwell County Schools in its Phase One reading program, as well as her work as a computer instructor at Caldwell County Career and Technical Institute in its continuing education program.
Mahaffey holds certifications in property and evidence room management, innovations in forensic science, internal affairs investigation, DNA database, criminal investigations, advanced interview and interrogation, detective and criminal investigation and the Police Law Institute.
Mahaffey also serves on the town’s Customer Service Design Team.