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Miller exhibited qualifications required, needed

By Staff | Jan 26, 2021

To the editor:

I was surprised to learn only 100 of us heard the excellent debate sponsored by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce for the six candidates running for three seats available on the Sanibel City Council on Election Day, March 2. My conclusion that although all of them with various levels of experience could “fill the bill,” only Mike Miller exhibited the qualifications required to bring a superior level of expertise and experience needed for every area of city management.

First and foremost, the city must deal with all the financial issues related to COVID. Council has lost the financial acuity of former Mayor Kevin Ruane. Miller surpasses Ruane with his expertise as a CPA and corporate chief executive officer. In addition, he is a Florida attorney. A 20-year island resident, his knowledge of city government is unsurpassed by his many years of membership on the Committee of the Islands, including three as president. Founded in 1975, the mission of COTI is to ensure the continuity of good local government, to protect the environment and to help preserve the sanctuary character of our barrier island. An important role at this time is dealing with major water issues. Miller’s wide-reaching knowledge of island life also comes from executive positions in a variety of city committees, as well as service on the city’s Budget Committee. Nothing, however, matches his dedication to Sanibel by his voluntary attendance at every council meeting.

I will end with a summation of Miller’s character: Having served with him in various capacities over the last 20 years, I can assure you of his moral integrity and his emotional intelligence, which brings leadership skills to every task he undertakes.

As a member of the League of Women Voters of Sanibel, I invite you to meet Miller and all the candidates for city council on Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for our debate at The Community House. It will also be live-streamed as a Webinar.

Jill Dillon