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Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jared Miller is the Marietta Post’s 2022 Soldier of the Year. (Photo by Nancy Taylor)

MARIETTA — Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jared Miller has been selected by his peers as the Marietta Post’s 2022 Trooper of the Year.

According to Lt. Chris Chesar, commanding officer of the post, fellow post officers chose Miller based on his leadership abilities, work ethic, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.

Miller, 24, joined OSHP in 2019 and has served at the Marietta Post since then. He is originally from Beverly and graduated from Waterford High School and Washington State Community College. His past Highway Patrol awards include those for Fitness and Crime Patrol.

Miller said the best thing about her job is all the interaction and conversation with different people. But it is difficult for him to name a particular professional challenge.

“There are several of them,” he said after a moment of thought. “It changes from day to day, from call to call. You have to know how to adapt. »

He said he didn’t know what Chesar listed in the press release he sent out about Trooper of the Year. But he thinks others in the position may have chosen him for the honor because he can be flexible when needed and because he comes to work with a positive attitude.

“Having a good attitude can sometimes help change someone else’s attitude to be that way.” he said.

He is now up for district and state Soldier of the Year awards, to be announced at a later date. In fact, he finished his district interview on Wednesday afternoon. In it, a captain and two staff lieutenants asked more elaborate and challenging questions, he said.

“They want to see where your mind is, see if you have leadership abilities,” he said.

Marietta is in District 7 with the stations of Zanesville, St. Clairsville, Cambridge, New Philadelphia and Steubenville.

The Marietta Post covers 54 miles of Ohio 7, 16 miles of I-77, 24 miles of Ohio 339, 22 miles of Ohio 60 and much more on other state routes. There are 10 soldiers stationed there, along with three sergeants and Lieutenant Chesar.

Miller’s regular shift is from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., so he needed his “flexible” approaching for Wednesday’s district interview which ended around 1 p.m. and then he just needed to sleep, he said.

Nancy Taylor can be reached at [email protected]

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