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City Council to Talk Miller Performance, Compensation

Amarillo City Councilmembers will conduct a performance evaluation next week for City Hall’s top boss.

On Tuesday, the Amarillo City Council will discuss a performance evaluation for city manager Jared Miller during a closed executive session. During that same meeting, Councilmembers will also discuss compensation for Miller. A similar agenda item is also planned for the closed session regarding municipal court judge Laura Hamilton.

Miller came to Amarillo in 2017, taking the top job at City Hall after serving as city manager of San Marcos. Miller replaced Bob Cowell, Jr. as city manager, and was selected from a five candidate field. The Texas Tech alum was selected by the City Council led by then-Mayor Paul Harpole, and became the first permanent city manager since 2015, when Jarrett Atkinson left Amarillo. Miller also came in at a time of increased scrutiny for Amarillo’s city manager, after then-interim city manager Terry Childers called a resident a “stupid son of a bitch” during a November 2016 meeting.

Also, on Tuesday, the City Council will consider purchasing various pieces of equipment, such as body cameras, and will consider voting to expand the Bi-City-County Public Health District.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29th in the Council Chambers of Amarillo City Hall. The regular session will begin at 1PM, following public comment at noon.

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