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Diane Harberts Miller

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City Administrator


Employment History

  • Program Manager
  • Executive Director
    SouthWest Transit
  • City Administrator
  • City Administrator
Web References
Diane ..., 24 Aug 2007 [cached]
Diane Miller
CANBY - 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 said she wasn't aware of the recall efforts until after her contract with the city was signed.
Miller said she 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.
During her time in Siren, Miller 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 because "she had submitted false reimbursement requests to the Metropolitan Council."
During her interview with the Canby City Council, Miller said she 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 said she wanted to return to the area where she grew up.
Miller, 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 said she is interested in bringing economic development into the Canby area, something she said 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.
Miller said she 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.
Miller finished out her first day with a city council meeting.
Greg LaFond of Eau Claire, Wis., ..., 7 July 2007 [cached]
Greg LaFond of Eau Claire, Wis., Diane Miller of Chanhassen, Patrick Wussow of Long Lake and Jonathan Fortner of Edina were named finalists last month.
According to the story, Miller, a native of Brewster, has worked in accounting for four years.She served as the city administrator for Siren, Wis., between 2000 and 2002.
Miller worked for Anoka as a program manager from 1986 to 1990.She served as the assistant to the Worthington city manager between 1979 and 1981.
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