Huntington, W.Va. – After 35 years of dedicated service, Coy Miller, Huntington District’s Deputy for Planning, Programs and Project Management, has retired.
Col. Leon Parrott, district commander said, “A 35-year career, starting as a 19-year-old intern and culminating after working his way to the top civilian position in the Huntington District - that is an American success story. Coy personifies hard work, dedication to others, and selfless service - all while serving as a stand-up member of the community, loving husband, and great father - truly a role model.”
A native of Gauley Bridge, W.Va., Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1982, and a master’s degree in Environmental/Civil Engineering – Hydraulics emphasis in 1990 from the University of Iowa. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of West Virginia.
Miller’s entire career has been with the Huntington District which began in May 1978 as a Co-op student in Water Resource Engineering Branch, Engineering and Construction Division.
In 1982 he became a lead project hydraulic engineer working on numerous water resources projects throughout the District until he became the Chief of Hydrology and Hydraulics Section in 1996, a position he held until 2001.
He was selected as the Chief, Design Branch, Engineering and Construction Division in 2001 until being selected as the Deputy for Planning, Programs and Project Management in 2003.
During his tenure, he led the district with great success in every performance metric.
Miller’s role as the Deputy for Planning, Programs and Project Management also included being the senior civilian, often referred as the Civilian Deputy. In this role not only was he the District Commander’s senior civilian advisor, he was the key to fostering long-term relationships with government leaders at all levels, industry partners, stakeholders and the citizens of the region. His reputation for facilitating solutions to difficult challenges is truly noteworthy.
Miller worked on numerous projects throughout his career which span a large range of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ missions. In 2005 he deployed to Louisiana to assist with operations after Hurricane Katrina. He worked on navigation projects, flood risk reduction projects and numerous projects that improve the water resources of the district’s area of responsibility. His life’s work at the Huntington District will have a lasting positive impact on countless lives of the citizens of the region for a very long time.
The Huntington District is one of more than 40 Corps Districts worldwide. It is responsible for 311 miles of the Ohio River, along with the tributary rivers and drainage basins that flow into the Ohio River. In all, the District employs nearly 800 people and encompasses 45,000 square miles in parts of five states, including West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.
The Huntington District has built and now maintains 35 flood risk reduction projects, more than any other district in the Corps. Our dams, floodwalls, levees and stream improvement projects have prevented $12.2 billion in flood damages to date.
The economic benefits associated with the Huntington District are significant, broad-based, and touch every resident of the region. The latest annual data shows that more than 89.8 million tons of cargo worth in excess of $17.5 billion passed through our nine locks and dams, saving over $1.3 billion in transportation costs.
As the region’s leading provider of recreational opportunities, more than 28.1 million people visited our recreation areas the District conducts more than 450 water safety events last year.
The District’s Regulatory Division works to protect the Nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. Last year they issued 2,421 permits other types of regulatory actions.
The Huntington District is also the home of two national centers; the Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise and the Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation.
Our Emergency Operations Branch has responded to natural disasters and was recently the first federal agency to become fully accredited in the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.