Governor Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Richard W. Miller of Dearborn as state fire marshal.

The state fire marshal leads the Michigan Bureau of Fire Services within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and also serves as a member , or ex-officio member, of the State Fire Safety Board, Fire Fighters Training Council and State Board of Mechanical Rules.

Snyder said "Richard Miller is a great fit for this post. He brings extensive training and more then 30 years experience, and I am confident he will continue to ensure utmost quality and efficiency when it comes to safeguarding Michigan citizens and property from fire related emergencies."

Miller has served as Dearborn's fire chief since 2010. He began his career as a firefighter with the Dearborn Fire Department. He has held several positions with the department, including fire inspector, fire lieutenant, fire captain and senior battalion chief.

Miller replaces Ronald Farr, who resigned in 2011. He serves at the pleasure of the governor and his appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.