Former Kansas Attorney General, Sedgwick County Sheriff Vern Miller dies


Vern Miller (Courtesy: The Kansas Historical Society)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Attorney General Vern Miller has died at the age of 92. Miller’s son said his father died Friday at home in Mesa, Arizona.

He served in law enforcement for more than 50 years, mostly in Sedgwick County where he served as sheriff.

He gained notoriety for his hands-on law enforcement philosophy, jumping out of car trunks and seizing liquor on planes and passenger trains crossing the state’s borders.

He was Kansas Attorney General from 1970 to 1974. He was so popular that he won all 105 Kansas counties when he ran for reelection in 1972.

In 1974, he ran for governor but lost to Robert Frederick Bennett.

The following statement is from Governor Laura Kelly regarding former Attorney General Vern Miller’s passing:

“As Attorney General, District Attorney, Sheriff, or Marshal, Vern Miller was one of Kansas’ great law enforcement officers. His commitment to enforcing the law fairly – rejecting powerful special interests, partisanship, and favoritism to stand up for all Kansans – defined law enforcement like few before or after. I offer my condolences to his family, loved ones, and friends during their time of mourning and know that Vern’s legacy will live on through his impact and service to our state.”

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