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Placer County CEO Tom Miller to retire in early 2012

By: Gus Thomson, Auburn Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Placer County Executive Officer Tom Miller announced Tuesday that he plans to retire early next year. The county CEO for six years, Miller’s retirement plans were revealed at the end of Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors' meeting. Miller said he had the good fortune of working with what he said was a “strong team of effective, far-sighted Board of Supervisors members, talented, experienced managers and a work force dedicated to serving the public. “It’s been a privilege to serve as Placer County’s CEO,” Miller said. “Working together, we kept budgets balanced despite the economic slowdown and state budget crisis, while maintaining core public services, expanding the county park system and building badly needed facilities. We can take pride in knowing Placer County is one of the best-run counties in California.” Before being appointed in August 2005 to the county’s top management post, Miller served as director of Placer’s newly created Community Development/Resource Agency. He replaced Jan Christofferson as CEO. As the county CEO, Miller oversaw the operation of county departments, led the annual budget effort, and implemented board policies and directives. Miller retires as the fourth highest paid executive with the county, with most recent earning totals provided by Placer showing salary compensation of $237,822 and total earnings of $260,854 in 2010. Miller was initially hired as Placer County’s facility services director in 1999, serving in that post until his appointment as Community Development-Resource Agency director in April 2005. Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Weygandt was on the board that hired Miller and will be part of the effort to choose a successor. The county is planning a nationwide search for a replacement. No date has been set for Miller’s retirement. Weygandt said Miller provided a strong, stabilizing influence with the county. “We were confronted with addressing the most challenging financial crisis in recent history,” Weygandt said. “Tom effectively managed us through that period and today, our budget and level of county services are in remarkable health as a result.” Before joining Placer County, he was Nevada County’s acting county administrative officer. Before that, he was employed in public works and planning jobs with Nevada and Trinity counties, and planning work with the city of Sacramento. As facility services director with Placer County, Miller was heavily involved in planning and building the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville and North Auburn’s Auburn Justice Center and Community Development Resource Agency. Since then, the county has added to its building total – even during a recession and losses in county revenues – by leveraging developer funding from both cities and the county to construct a new South Placer Adult Correctional Facility. During his time as CEO, Miller has seen the number of county employees on the job shrink from 2,700 to about 2,300 while the budget has increased from $570 million to $765.8 million.