CARYVILLE - Both a new face and a familiar one served Caryville Town Council on Tuesday as newly elected William "Bill" Pate and former Council Chairman Henry Chambers were sworn into office during the board's monthly meeting.
The council then appointed attorney J. Jerome (Jerry) Miller of Destin to serve as the new town attorney. The appointment comes after the resignation of attorney Lyndia Spear.
Miller has already sprung into action to help bring the embattled town into compliance, having already assisted existing board members in obtaining the state-mandated ethics training nearly every council member had been lacking until recently.
Miller, who has practiced law since 1970 when he served as Staff Counsel for the Florida Department of Natural Resources, is no newcomer to municipal law. He has extensive experience in local government and land use law and has served seven Florida municipalities as City Attorney, including: Carrabelle, Crestview, Destin, Ebro, Fort Walton Beach, Quincy, and Mary Esther
Notably, Miller served as President of the Florida Municipal Attorney’s Association from 2000-2001 and was the recipient of the organization's Paul Buchman Award for Florida’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney of the Year for 2004-2005.
He is also a past member and Chairman of the Florida Bar Attorney Grievance Committee and the Florida Bar Local Government Law Section.
Miller is a sought-after lecturer in municipal law, having lectured for the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, Florida Institute of Local Government, Florida Association of City Clerks, Panhandle League of Cities, and Florida League of Cities University.
Millers states he is looking forward to working with the Town of Caryville and serving its residents.