BROOKINGS – Jeff Miller has filed paperwork to run for the mayor’s seat on the Brookings City Council, according to City Clerk Bonnie Foster.
“I’ve called Brookings home for the past 47 years,” he said. “I’m running for mayor because I think I can make a positive difference in our community.”
Current Mayor Keith Corbett is not running for re-election.
Current councilor Ope Niemeyer has also filed for the three-year mayor’s seat.
Two three-year council seats are up for election April 13, as well. They are currently held by Patty Bacon and Nick Wendell.
Isaiah Crevier, Nate Holden and Nick Schmeichel have each filed for a council seat.
Miller resigned as Brookings police chief in August 2017 and works part-time for a local law firm.
“In these tough times, Brookings needs, I think, some strong leadership to lead us through this,” Miller said.
“My tenure of over 30 years with the Brookings Police Department and working within the city government has given me that experience and what we need. Over the years I’ve served on various boards and charitable organizations that benefitted our community, so I think I’ve made a positive difference, both personally and professionally in my career, which has been nearly 40 years here in Brookings,” Miller said.
“Right now, I think our community is very divided on the role of government and fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and my intent is to work to unite that divide and that means building consensus, not only with the council, but really listen to the concerns of our citizens,” Miller said.
Deadline for candidates to file their paperwork to run is 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the City Clerk’s Office, Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 Third St., Suite 230.
Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]