Aaron Miller Named Director of Public Safety Communications and Emerg

Published on January 24, 2018


  • Currently directs homeland security and emergency preparedness for New Orleans

  • Wealth of experience managing broad-scale public safety and emergency preparedness activities

  • Will oversee Emergency Communications Center, countywide emergency management, and coordination with regional partners


Arlington County has named Aaron Miller as the new Director of the Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management (PSCEM). He will join Arlington County in his new role on March 26.

Currently, Mr. Miller is Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for the City of New Orleans, Louisiana. In that role, he is responsible for administration and oversight of the city's homeland security enterprise. This includes development of preparedness policy, plans and initiatives, and leading the city's public safety unified command group through high-profile special events, critical incidents and major disasters. During his five-year tenure, Mr. Miller oversaw the establishment of New Orleans' first Real-Time Crime Center, development of a comprehensive public safety plan to secure the iconic French Quarter, and an expansion of the NOLA Ready community preparedness program.

Mr. Miller's previous experience includes emergency medical services, collegiate emergency response and serving on several incident management teams. He will join Arlington County with a wealth of experience in emergency management, including managing broad-scale initiatives to enhance public safety and emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

"Arlington County Government is committed to protecting its residents, employees and visitors, and I am proud of the significant progress we have made in public safety over the past decade," County Manager Mark Schwartz said. "Aaron's experience and background will help Arlington grow to the next level."

As Director of PSCEM, Mr. Miller will be responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness and response capabilities, resources and outreach for the Arlington community. He will also oversee the Emergency Communications Center, which handles both 911 and non-emergency police and fire responses. The department works closely with partners across the National Capital Region to minimize threats and prepare for multi-disciplinary, sophisticated responses that may be needed. In his new role, Mr. Miller also will focus on improving Arlington's ability to participate in state and regional mitigation, preparedness and response.

Mr. Miller is currently completing his dissertation for a Doctorate in Public Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He holds a Master of Public Health and a bachelor's degree from Tulane University.

He and his wife Sarah will reside in Arlington along with their dog, Maddy, and cat, Julius.