D. James Miller first joined the fire service in 1991 and in the following 29 years of service has held a variety of positions. He has served as a Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic with assignments in special operations as a boat captain and rescue diver. He served as a Type 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team Officer, Hazardous Materials Technician, Special Operations Toxicological Paramedic, and Gold Team member of a Division of Forestry Incident Management Team. Previous supervisory and administrative assignments have included the roles of Lieutenant, Administrative Captain, Battalion Chief, and Division Chief. Prior to joining the Hendersonville Fire Department, Chief Miller served as the Assistant Chief over Training, Special Operations, and EMS at North Charleston Fire Department. D. James Miller was hired as the Deputy Chief of the Hendersonville Fire Department in August 2016 and has served as Interim Fire Chief since November 2019.
Chief Miller holds an Associate of Science degree in Aviation Management from Manatee Community College, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from International University, and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. He serves as a board member for Edneyville Volunteer Fire & Rescue. D. James Miller is married to Morgan and together they have six adult children and three dogs.
Chief Miller was sworn in during the March 5, 2020 City Council meeting by Mayor Barbara Volk.