“Someone they can look up to for support and advice,” said the 2004 Norwalk High School graduate.
Now is his opportunity. On Monday morning, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan swore in Biller as a sergeant with the police department. His promotion was based on the results of a written exam and then a leadership assessment by PRADCO as well as seniority and annual evaluation points.
“This is an exciting day for me. Officer Biller was the first officer I got to hire when I was first mayor,” Duncan said.
Biller was hired as a full-time officer in December 2012. In the summer, he and several other officers and dispatchers were honored for the role they played in a July 18, 2017 chase involving a stolen vehicle.
“We knew he was going to soar high since the day we hired him,” Chief Dave Light said.
Biller played wide receiver and cornerback on the Norwalk Truckers football team. He also played center field in baseball.
After graduating from NHS, Biller earned his bachelor of science in criminal justice and sociology from Ashland University in 2008.
Biller’s mother, Trudy Anderson, said she knew her son would “go for it” when a promotion was available. She said with a smile that Biller, as a boy, told her he wanted to be a police officer so he could pull her over.
“We got guardianship of him when he was 14. That’s all he talked about as a child,” she added, referring to Biller’s lifelong desire to be a cop.
Anderson, when asked what would make Biller a good sergeant, described her son as “very hard working,” focused and always giving “110 percent in everything he’s done.”
Although Biller had applied to other law enforcement agencies, she said “Norwalk was his heart.”
“It is his community; they helped raise him,” added the mother, who was “beyond proud” of her son’s promotion.
Alesha Biller said her husband puts 100 percent into his job and is known for encouraging other people plus puts others before himself.
“He’s a good father and a husband and provider,” she said. “When he comes home, he always has a positive attitude about his work.”
Many family members and co-workers were in the mayor’s office for the brief swearing-in ceremony.
“Thanks everybody for your support. I treat everybody I work with like family. I won’t let you guys down,” Michael Biller said.