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.