Iowa fire chief arrested on charge of drug production, manufacturing, distribution or possession

Iowa Fire Chief Sandi Miller (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
Iowa Fire Chief Sandi Miller (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

IOWA, LA (KPLC) –  The fire chief in Iowa, La. was arrested on drug charges Thursday, town officials confirmed.

Chief Sandi Miller was arrested on a charge of drug production, manufacturing, distribution or possession. She has bonded out of Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $50,000 bond.

Miller was arrested by the CAT Team “as part of an ongoing investigation for having controlled substances shipped to her residence,” said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff spokeswoman.

Iowa Mayor Carol Ponthieux said she was made aware of the arrest late Thursday.

“Needless to say, this is a saddening event,” Ponthieux said.

Miller has been suspended, pending the investigation, Ponthieux said. Ponthieux will be the one to decide whether Miller is terminated.

The Iowa Fire Department is a volunteer department, but Miller was appointed as a full-time fire chief. She is an employee of the town and reports to the mayor and the town council, as well as the Iowa Fire Protection District No. 1 Ward 8.

Ponthieux said she met with each member of the town council and with members of the fire board. She’s maintaining close contact with both groups and has also met with the town attorney, who is guiding town officials on what steps to take next.

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