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Miller appointed to council

The Farmville Town Council unanimously voted to appoint John Miller to the vacant Ward B council seat.

John Miller

Former Councilwoman Sally Thompson officially resigned Dec. 31 prior to a move with her husband in January to North Carolina. As of Jan. 1, the council had 45 days to appoint the seat. Miller will remain in the appointed seat until June 30. Election for the Ward B seat will be held May 1. Miller said he wouldn’t seek election for the seat.

Miller currently serves on the Farmville Planning Commission.

“I would be grateful to be considered for appointment to fulfill the remainder of Councilwoman Sally Thompson’s term as a representative of Ward B following her retirement,” Miller wrote in his letter of interest. “My interest in serving is an extension of the gratifying experiences I’ve had representing the ward on the town planning commission.”

He cited that learning the guidelines of town planning has been a rich opportunity to understand how prudent land use can create a balanced, sustainable community now and for the future. “Additionally, I’ve enjoyed the responsibility associated with representing the informed interests and perspectives of Ward B’s residents on issues brought before the commission,” Miller said in the letter. “This introduction to municipal affairs and representing my neighbors may facilitate a less-abrupt transition following Mrs. Thompson’s retirement.”

He said he also believes his own priorities and perspectives generally parallel some of those from Thompson, thus providing additional continuity through the remainder of her current term.

Miller previously served as president of the Farmville Downtown Partnership and the Farmville Rotary Club. He also served as vice president for the Farmville Jaycees.