Yavapai County Constable Prescott Pct.
ARIZONA CONSTABLE HISTORY
Zachariah Jeptha Taylor "Rye" Miles
(b. May 3, 1865 – d. April 16, 1942)
Arizona Ranger 1907-1908;
Cochise County Ranger 1910-1912;
Constable of Benson Precinct, 1912;
Sheriff of Pima County 1917-1920;
Constable of Casa Grande Precinct, 1921-1922
Pinal County Deputy Sheriff 1922-1937
Zachariah Jeptha Taylor (“J.T.”) “Rye” Miles was born on May 3rd, 1865, in Texas. He came to Arizona in the 1890’s as a cowboy and served in the Spanish-American War. In 1907 he was appointed a Sergeant in the Arizona Rangers, serving until 1908.
Rye Miles was a Cochise County Ranger from 1910 until 1912. He resigned as a County Ranger to be appointed as the Constable of Benson Precinct of Cochise County, in 1912. That same year he was appointed a Deputy Sheriff/Jailer of the County Jail at Benson.
In 1913, Rye left Cochise County to be appointed a State Livestock Inspector for the Pima District. He served in this position until he was elected Sheriff of Pima County in November of 1916.
J.T. “Rye” Miles was Sheriff of Pima County from 1917 to 1920. Sheriff Miles was very active as the county’s chief law enforcement officer. During his two terms, he relentlessly chased bootleggers, participated in the Benson Deportation of 1917, and personally chased bad men throughout the backcountry of Pima County.
After leaving the office of Sheriff, “Rye” Miles moved to Casa Grande and became the Constable of that Precinct. Shortly thereafter, he became a Pinal County Deputy Sheriff, an appointment he would hold for the next 15 years.
In the 1938, Miles ran an unsuccessful campaign for Pinal County Sheriff. In 1939 “Rye” was hired as a prison guard at Florence.
“Rye” Miles died on April 16, 1942.