Kerry Miller has a new job |

Kerry Miller has a new job

Kerry Miller, South Lake Tahoe’s city manager for the last 12 years, is leaving town for warmer climes.

The Encinitas City Council voted unanimously Friday in a special closed session meeting to hire Miller as the California coastal town’s new city manager.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to move down there and work with the city,” Miller said. “It’s with mixed emotions because of my deep attachment to Tahoe.”

Miller said his exact departure date will depend on discussions with the South Lake Tahoe City Council – scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the matter – and how quickly he can wrap up business and various projects here.

Councilmembers expressed their regret at losing Miller and their good wishes for his future.

“I think Kerry has done an outstanding job. It’s been an honor to work with him,” said Councilman Tom Davis. “I wish him all the best. It’s our loss and Encinitas’ gain.”

Councilwoman Brooke Laine said she looked forward to the opportunity to hire an equally qualified city manager who could lead the city into the next millennium.

“I’m very happy for Mr. Miller and thank him for the many years he has given to South Lake Tahoe,” Laine said.

After accusing the city manager two weeks ago of “a serious misappropriation of public funds” and subsequently asking for his resignation, Councilman Bill Crawford said he looked forward to a fresh start.

“I wish Mr. Miller Godspeed and hope that in the future there are no episodes like the Phylise Walker episode. I hope that his young family comes to no harm as a result of all this. I hold no animosity toward him personally,” Crawford said. “I feel he is a very bright man who has many talents – especially in the area of public relations.”

Councilman Hal Cole and Mayor Judy Brown could not be reached for comment.

Miller’s employment by the city of South Lake Tahoe has far outlasted the average city manager’s term in the state. The League of California Cities estimates the average term in northern California cities is about 4.4 years.

Following City Council’s reaction to his having written two checks to the arts coordinator for health benefits not included in her contract, Miller said his decision to accept the job became complicated.

“What happened has made it harder for me. I kept thinking that maybe I need to stay here and work out some issues,” he said. “But this move is something I’ve been considering for the last year – recruitment for the position began last May. I am looking forward to it. I believe it will be beneficial to me in terms of the future and what I want to accomplish in my life.”


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