Diane MillerCANBY - Monday marked the first day on the job for Diane Harberts Miller, the recently named Canby city administrator, one week after questions about her resume were posed by the Canby News.Miller
, who has worked for the city of Siren, Wis., and the (Minnesota) Southwest Metro Transit Authority, reportedly falsified the time period she
worked with the two organizations on the resume she
used for the Canby position.Miller
was selected from three candidates interviewed in July for the Canby position.
In an Independent interview Monday, Miller
wasn't aware of the recall efforts until after her
contract with the city was signed.Miller
talked with Blackwelder about the issue.
"I don't see it as a conflict for me," said Miller
."Certainly it's the prerogative of the community in how they want to see their city managed.It's their decision, it's out of my hands."Miller served as the city administrator of Siren, a small town near the Minnesota border.She
came into Siren
in 2001 soon after the town was hit by a tornado that devastated the community.
time in Siren
was involved in a domestic incident in Chaska that led her
to be convicted on three criminal charges, including domestic assault and obstruction of the legal process, said information available on an Fifth District Court public access tracking computer at the Lyon County Government Center
According to information obtained through the court computer, Miller
received two years probation for the obstruction of the legal process conviction, one year for the domestic assault conviction and one year for violation of an order for protection.
According to the information Miller
served out her
probation through July 2004.
...Larry Blahquvietz, who was the village president of Siren when Miller worked there, told the Independent that Miller started the job in August 2001 and resigned in early 2002.
...Miller referred the Independent to her attorney Dennis Pelowski for information on her work history.
Blahquvietz declined an Independent request to comment on his experience working with Miller
According to an Oct. 31, 1996, Star Tribune story, Miller
was terminated as executive director of the Southwest Metro Transit Commission
According to the story, the council terminated Miller
had submitted false reimbursement requests to the Metropolitan Council
interview with the Canby City Council
was appointed by the governor to serve on the State of Minnesota Governance Commission
from 1996 through 2000.
According to a story published in the Canby News
on Aug. 15, a search of state records "turned up no commission by that title."
"A Diane Harberts was appointed to a 15-member Metropolitan Governance Advisory Council in 1993," the story said.Miller
confirmed to the Canby News
that was the board she
was appointed to.
According to the story the last record of the council was from September 1993.Miller
has roots in southwest Minnesota.She
wanted to return to the area where she
, who has a 6-year-old son, said she
wanted to be close to family living in the region.
"I have family in Worthington, so this takes me back to southwest Minnesota," said Miller
."That is primary.I have a 6 year old boy and this is kind of like a new life for us."Miller said she is currently renting a house in Marshall after her initial plans to rent a house in Canby fell through.Miller
is interested in bringing economic development into the Canby area, something she
has experience in.
"I hope to make a contribution in economic development, I've had some success in that, a pretty large $5 million project," said Miller
has been impressed with the Canby
community in the time she
has been there.
"It seems to be a nice place to live and raise a family," said Miller
."If there is something we can do to reach that goal, I think that would be nice for the community."
Boulton said the council signed a three-year contract with Miller
for a base salary of $50,000 a year with benefits.
finished out her
first day with a city council meeting.