|John P. Miller is newest JCPRD Board Member|
“This county is continuing to grow and the demographics are going to change and we need to be looking ahead to make sure we’re well positioned to meet the changing demands and the growing demands as the county grows,” said John P. Miller of Shawnee.
Miller was appointed by Second-District Johnson County Commissioner Jim Allen on March 25. He steps into a seat previously held by Gary Montague. Miller’s term will run through Jan. 31, 2013.
Miller has been the general manager of Lake Quivira, Kan., for 21 years. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with emphasis in city management from the University of Kansas. Miller served an internship in city management with Kansas City, Mo., in 1981 and later went to work for the city of Olathe in 1982 and served that city in various positions, including assistant city manager, until 1989.
He is member of the Club Manager’s Association of America, the International City Manager’s Association, the Shawnee Rotary Club, and the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, where he is a past chairman of the board. He is also a member of the Kansas City, Kan., and Northeast Johnson County chambers of commerce.
Miller is a native of Eau Claire Wisconsin, where he lived until he moved to Kansas in 1980 to attend graduate school at KU. He and his wife, Joan, have lived in Johnson County since 1982. They are the parents of three daughters: Leslie, Lauren, and Kelli.
Miller said he believes his background in city management and his experience at Lake Quivira should prove useful in providing perspective regarding issues which come before the District Board.
“In my role at Lake Quivira, among my other responsibilities, we do have a golf course, we do have park area, we do have a lake, so some of the responsibilities park and recreation deals with, I also deal with on a day-to-day basis, so I think that experience probably is useful,” he said.
When asked what he sees as the District’s greatest strength, he cited the community’s strong support for parks and recreation.
“People who live here appreciate and recognize the importance of investing in quality parks and recreation,” Miller said. “Johnson County Parks and Recreation has a great reputation. It’s a very important part of the quality of life in Johnson County. I think the great quality of life that we have is one of the strong reasons for the vitality and the viability that we enjoy in this county. So the opportunity to be a part of this seemed like a very interesting challenge.”