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Miller resigns as village’s administrator

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Has said he will stay in role until December to help with transition

For the third time since 2007, trustees for the Village of Forsyth find themselves in a search for a new village administrator.

Mike Miller, who has been on the job since June 2012, officially turned in his letter of resignation at the Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 7. Miller, who had come out of retirement after a long career with UPS, said his plans for the future are uncertain.

Job duties

Forsyth Village Administrator duties, in part, include these:

  • Chief administrative officer for the village, including supervising all departments
  • Chief budget officer
  • Chief zoning officer
  • Keeping the board of trustees informed of the business of the village
  • Attending all meetings of the village board of trustees
  • Administering the policies of the board of trustees

According to Mayor Marilyn Johnson, Miller has agreed to stay until Dec. 6 to help in the transition. Each of the last three administrators has had short tenures lasting for a period of two years or less.

Johnson praised Miller, calling him “an extremely hard worker,” adding that he had accomplished many things for the village and that she and Miller had worked very well together.

“We need an accomplished person to keep moving the village forward,” Johnson said. “I wish him well.”

Village Attorney Jeff Jurgens suggested a consultant be used for the search to help streamline the process. Jurgens estimated as much as three months or more to get a new person on board. He said a three-to-four week period of running an advertisement followed by a month or so for interviewing candidates should be expected.

Trustee Steve Hubbard read a message he’d received from Mike Williams, superintendent of the Maroa-Forsyth School District, describing Miller’s short stay with the village as follows: “Never has the village been more professional or more detailed.”

Hubbard said he wanted to read what Williams had written because he said he felt the same way.

Trustee Dave Wendt said he was sorry to see Miller go as well.

Trustee Larry Reed said he had met with Miller privately to express similar sentiments.

Miller had succeeded Heather Kimmons, who was in the job from April 2010 to April 2012. Prior to Kimmons, the job was held by Austin Edmondson from 2007 until 2009, when he stepped down.

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