Council Votes on CAO Appointment

By: andrea.williams@wtok.com Email
By: andrea.williams@wtok.com Email

By a three to one vote, the Meridian City Council approved Tim Miller as the city's new chief administrative officer.

Following the resignation of Mark McDonald in September, Miller was appointed interim CAO.

Ward 4 councilman, Jesse Palmer, was the lone member of the board to vote against Miller. He says his concern is that Miller does not meet the necessary requirements.

"We suggest that the person has at least a minimum, and the minimum is a B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degree and I'm saying, 'What is it?' Is it just something on a piece of paper that we don't plan to enforce?" said Palmer.

"The requirements for that plainly says either/or. With his experience he's had over the years, to my thinking, that requirement is satisfied," said council president, Barbara Henson.

Ward 5 councilman, Bobby Smith, was not present at the meeting.

Miller is a retired Meridian firefighter. In 2003, he was appointed chief of that department and served in that position until 2005. In 2009, he was appointed by Mayor Cheri Barry as the head of Meridian's Homeland Security.


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  • by i beg to differ on Jan 8, 2012 at 11:03 PM
    Mr cw there is something the public can do. Accountability sir.
  • by here we go again Location: Meridian on Jan 8, 2012 at 02:49 PM
    When all else fails, play the race card ... happens every time. NO ONE is surprised by it anymore. Weary? Yes. Surprised? No.
  • by cw on Jan 5, 2012 at 08:43 AM
    so what! Theres nothing you can do about it,just like the other cao that resigned.
  • by Unknown Location: Meridian on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:20 AM
    Oh my if you only knew Tim he has more qualifications than most anyone I know.... Just because he is white or other unknown reasons you have for not wanting him to have the job, don't let these feelings get in the way of a great person that will do a great job for Meridian.... Give him a chance and you will see the right decision was made ...... Good Luck Tim ..
  • by Retired Location: Meridian on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:56 AM
    WOW!!! Sounds like The Comment Heading " Dictatorship " Is Raising His or her Racist head Again...
  • by Everette Location: Union on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    I Think The City Council made A Great Choice Regardless What Jesse Palmer Thinks.Tim Miller Was Raised With great Morals And His Experience Has granted him More Education Than Sitting In A Class Room.He Has Been in A Servant Position With The City For many Years And From That Experence Has Been Taught To care About Peoples need.I Think He Will Make A Great CAO..
  • by CitizenCain Location: Meridian on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    With as many people who now hold bachelor and masters degrees, do you mean the council and the mayor could only come up with someone with a high school diploma!!! This is shocking and a terrible injustice to all that are not being afforded the opportunity to serve because they are not a part of the good ole boy system.
  • by clean house ? on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    It looks like the next mayor has a lot of house cleaning to do.I dont believe the new mayor will keep the last several appointee ???.
  • by Vince on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    To question CAO Tim Miller's qualifications demonstrates either ignorance or personal politics. By city ordinance, anyone with five years business manager or municipal manager experience is qualified. Period. If you don't believe it, then call City Hall tomorrow and get a copy of the ordinance. This legal qualification is not debatable. It's a fact. Tim Miller has two decades of municipal manager experience. Two Decades. Twenty years. Four times the amount to qualify for the position of CAO. It's a fact.
  • by Concerned Location: Meridian on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    Well, I guess we have a flip-flop politician in the mayor's office. She dismissed other city officials based on they did not have enough documented education. Now she is appointing the CAO, who has questionalble qualifications and his experience is not on the level for a city official position of CAO. I am leaning towards the opinion that the mayor is not living up to promises made to bring this city together racially, but to feed the old southern status quo just us and very few people of color, that is why people come to meridian to get educated and move on to other places where they put their talents and skills to use for good pay. When they get old they come back because it is cheaper to live and plenty of low pay workers to meet their needs as retired citizens.
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