by BRAD ROLLINS
The city council has tapped Jared Miller, a top administrator in the municipal government of North Richland Hills in Tarrant County, as the the lone finalist for San Marcos city manager.
Since 2007, Miller has worked as North Richland Hill’s assistant city manager in charge of Neighborhood Services, a division that includes the Fort Worth suburb’s economic development, parks and recreation, library and facilities and construction departments, according to his resumé. Before his North Richland Hills job, he was the city manager of Crosbyton and then Snyder, both small West Texas towns near Lubbock.
In September, Miller was one of three finalists for the city manager job in New Braunfels, but the position ultimately went to Robert Camareno, a former Buda city manager.
After a marathon series of interviews with five finalists on Monday, Mayor Daniel Guerrero said the council had decided to offer the job to one of the applicants. But the mayor would not identify the potential new appointee until terms of an employment contract had been settled.
An official familiar with the city manager selection process told the Mercury on Wednesday that the council’s city manager pick is Miller, information that two other people have since confirmed. All of the sources spoke to the Mercury on the condition that they not be named because they are not authorized to discuss the city manager selection process in advance of a formal announcement.
After the Mercury told Guerrero and Miller this afternoon that a story was forthcoming, a city spokesperson issued a press release announcing Miller’s selection. Here is the full text of the city’s statement:
Jared H. Miller, Assistant City Manager for North Richland Hills, TX, will join the City of San Marcos on January 6, 2014 as City Manager, Mayor Daniel Guerrero announced today.
The City Council will vote Tuesday on his employment contract, which has been added to the agenda of the Dec. 17 meeting. He will receive a salary of $172,500.
Miller will lead a San Marcos team of 603 employees and administer an annual budget of $166.7 million. The U.S. Census Bureau last June listed San Marcos as the fastest growing city over 50,000 in the nation.
“The City Council is excited about the experience and leadership qualities Jared Miller will bring to the City of San Marcos,” Mayor Guerrero said. “We are also thrilled that Mr. Miller’s family is enthusiastic about becoming significant contributors to the fabric of our unique community.”
Miller has been the Assistant City Manager since 2007 for North Richland Hills, a city of 65,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Before that he served as City Manager for Snyder from 2005 to 2007 and in Crosbyton from 2003 to 2005. He worked for the South Plains Association of Governments from 2000 to 2003 as a regional services specialist, redistricting coordinator and criminal justice coordinator.
“I am honored to have been chosen to work with such an excellent community, City Council and staff,” Miller said. “My family and I are excited and eager to start this next chapter in our lives and become, in every way possible, part of the community of San Marcos.”
In his six years with the City of North Richland Hills, he has been responsible for administration of Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, Fleet Services, Facilities and Construction, Fire Department, Human Resources, Code Compliance, Environmental Services, Animal Shelter, Health and Food Safety and the Library, as well as the Iron Horse Golf Course and NRH20 Family Waterpark. He has managed budgets totaling $24.6 million, supervised 199 employees, and negotiated contracts, gas leases and property acquisitions.
Miller administered a Bond Task Force leading to a successful $48 million bond election in 2012 to complete funding for a $70 million police station, city hall and municipal court in North Richland Hills.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Abilene Christian University in 1992, a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech in 2001 and has worked on a doctorate in Political Science at Texas Tech.
A Reserve Naval Intelligence Officer, Miller has served on the Texas City Management Association Board of Directors, as past president of the West Texas City Management Association, as a member of the International City Management Association, and the American Society for Public Administration.
He has experience with state and federal grants, water acquisition, project funding and system installation.
Miller and his wife Kristin have two sons, Garrett, age 13 and Grant, age 10. An experienced public speaker, Miller was a Youth Minister for a Fort Worth Church from 1997 to 1999. He is an active volunteer, and is interested in current events, reading, computers and technology, sports and working on cars.
Miller was selected for the San Marcos position after a four and a half month search process. He was interviewed by the City Council on Tuesday along with four other top candidates for the post. Current City Manager Jim Nuse is leaving on Jan. 3 after three years as City Manager.
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