SAN DIEGO–Edwin L. Miller, Jr., who served as San Diego County District Attorney for 24 years, passed away on Sunday at the age of 87.
Miller came to the District Attorney’s Office after a career of public service. He was a San Diego deputy city attorney, rising to become the assistant city aatorney. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson appointed him as the first United States Attorney for the newly-formed Southern District of California. After service as U.S. attorney, Miller entered private practice as a partner. A year later, he ran for district attorney.
Miller served the public as San Diego County District Attorney from 1971 to 1995. He was President of the California District Attorneys Association and the National District Attorneys Association, and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the President’s Organized Crime Commission. Using the measures commonly used to evaluate District Attorneys– conviction rate, number of felons sent to state prison, number of murderers sent to death row, assets seized from drug dealers– Miller consistently received praise from his prosecutorial peers nationwide.
Among Miller’s accomplishments were the building of the fraud division, establishment of the first anti-trust, invented the now nationally copied Cross-Designation Program, created a professional Bureau of Investigation, among others.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis notified the employees of the DA’s Office this morning of Miller’s passing. Dumanis was hired by Ed Miller and served under him for 15 years.
“Mr. Miller’s legacy on our office is profound. He was an acclaimed prosecutor, dedicated public servant, and generous boss,” said Dumanis. “Ed Miller was a close friend and mentor to many of us in the District Attorney’s Office for years.”
Memorial and funeral services are pending.