City Commissioner Nancy Miller, who was first elected in 2010 and had filed to run again in 2018, has decided not to seek re-election.
Miller, in an opinion piece published by the Tallahassee Democrat, wrote “given my husband’s health and other family considerations, I feel the time has come to enter a new stage of life.”
Miller also took a parting shot at what she called “a small group of embittered individuals.”
She wrote, “In recent months, the tone and tenor of public discourse, led by a small group of embittered individuals, has hit an all-time low. The name calling, the disrespect, the public antics, and the verbal assaults have made serving more difficult.”
There was no mention of the FBI investigation, the ethical cloud hanging over the city manager, or the crime problem that has plagued Leon County for the last four years.
Rather, Miller highlighted accomplishments during her tenure.
She wrote that “We’re a more walkable city, having added miles of sidewalks for safety and health. The airport has gained international status and is undergoing renovation. Our police force has grown by over 50 officers with a new focus on community engagement. Our energy source has expanded with a 60 MW solar farm. The list goes on.”
Ms. Miller was also an advocate for the public-private partnership that resulted in the The Edison Restaurant. The owner of the restaurant – Adam Corey- is a central figure in the ongoing federal investigation.
And while the FBI investigation has not mentioned Miller directly in the subpoenas served on city hall, a recent city audit was initiated after Tallahassee Reports confirmed that City Commissioner Nancy Miller’s husband, John Buss, approved approximately $420,402 in purchase orders for DPB & Associates, a company affiliated with his brother, Rich Buss.
Tallahassee Auditor Bert Fletcher found the appearance of a conflict of interest but no wrongdoing.
Other relevant actions by Miller included votes to support a property tax increase, an increase in the fire service fee, and a controversial move to hire Rick Fernandez as the city manager.
In the end, like other city elected officials during this time period, a complete evaluation of Miller’s tenure will have to wait until the federal investigation is completed.