Tallahassee Reports has learned that a Nancy Miller family member, John R. Buss, was hired in a temporary city position after she entered the 2010 race for city commission. Records also show Mr. Buss received a 33% pay raise weeks after Miller won the race and was subsequently hired in a permanent position that was not publicly advertised.
The Time line
Filings with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections show that Nancy Miller became a candidate for the Tallahassee City Commission in January, 2010.
Records obtained by Tallahassee Reports show that Ms. Miller’s step-son, John R. Buss who graduated high school in 2008, submitted an application to the City of Tallahassee on May 6, 2010. The application listed as a home address the same home address as candidate Nancy Miller.
Mr. John R. Buss was hired on May 24th, 2010 by the City of Tallahassee in a temporary position with an annual pay of $21,840.
On November 2, 2010 Ms. Miller was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission. Approximately five weeks later, city records show that John R. Buss received a promotion and his annual salary was increased by 33% to $29,120.
On March 3rd, 2012 a City of Tallahassee job opening was posted for a Computer Operator I in the Underground Utilities department. The job required a high school diploma and one year of data processing experience. The job was not advertised publicly. In fact, the advertisement – obtained by TR – limited the job applicants to “Underground Utilities Employees Only.”
The job was advertised from March 3rd to March 9th. Interestingly, March 3rd was a Saturday. This means the job was open for five business days.
On March 7th, 2012 John R. Buss submitted an application for the permanent position. Again, the application listed the same home address as City Commissioner Nancy Miller.
Also, John R. Buss listed City Commissioner Nancy Miller and Rich Buss – his uncle and Ms. Miller’s brother-in-law, as references. Rich Buss is affiliated with a company that is currently a city vendor.
Records show that on May 5th, 2012 John R. Buss was hired into the permanent position with an annual salary of $32,572.
Also, John R. Buss is the son of John Buss who is a veteran city employee in the Underground Utilities department. John Buss is the husband of City Commissioner Nancy Miller and brother of Rich Buss.
City officials have told Tallahassee Reports that the hiring of John R. Buss did not violate any city policies.