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Tim Miller is the new Sonora City Administrator.

Miller was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Miller replaces twenty-plus year City Manager Greg Applegate.

“Even before taking over I was attending Council and Commission meetings so that I could become familiar with the agenda items,” says Miller. “I’ve been becoming more familiar with the budget process and development projects, like Walmart and other projects.”

Miller had originally been hired for a six month period. At the end of that period, it was up to the Sonora City Council to decide whether to retain Miller’s services in a full-time capacity or open up the search.

Last week, the City Council approved a four year contract with Miller. Miller will receive a yearly salary of $135,000. There is also a mutual option for a possible fifth year built into the contract.

“I’m excited to be selected,” says Miller. “I’ve enjoyed my first six months, and I’m looking forward to continue working for the city.”

Miller says the biggest initial challenge will be dealing with the city’s deficit and declining revenue. The city will make midyear budget adjustments in February to deal with a $400-500K deficit. There are also changes being proposed at the state level that will impact the city.

Miller’s hiring was approved 5-0 after being discussed in a closed session meeting.

Miller has previously served as the Community Development Director for both the City of Los Banos and the City of Atwater. He also spent time working on the U.C. Merced Community Plan Project, and most recently worked as a planning consultant for his private company.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47.

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