Paradise Valley Town Attorney Andrew Miller has announced his plans to retire from the municipality in December after providing legal services for more than two decades.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the 22-plus years of my employment with the town and have done my best to keep the town the paradise that it is and, in my opinion, the most unique and exceptional municipality in Arizona,” Mr. Miller said in a Sept. 17 letter of resignation.
Mr. Miller states he plans to retire on Dec. 17, although he has flexibility should the council prefer an alternative date.
The Town of Paradise Valley issued a press release on Mr. Miller’s retirement, lauding him for his legal advisement to the Town Council, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and numerous boards, committees and study groups. He also has advised the Paradise Valley Mountain Preserve Trust, which acquires and protects the town’s natural mountainsides.
“Andrew’s consistent legal assistance has helped the town maintain its unique character and natural beauty by prohibiting political signs in the rights of way of major thoroughfares, exercising aesthetic controls of small cell antenna sites and preserving the corner of Tatum and Lincoln for the Goldwater Memorial,” the town’s press release states.
“He’s also been instrumental in resolving issues with other municipalities; negotiating, reviewing and drafting countless contracts; and performing legal research and advising on issues as divergent as zoning for medical marijuana outlets and hillside building codes.”
In the press release, Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner expressed his appreciating for Mr. Miller after having worked closely together for nearly a decade.
“Andrew has dedicated himself to our town for many years, and we are all better off because of his knowledge, skill, professionalism and respectful approach,” Mr. Bien-Willner stated.
“We greatly appreciate Andrew’s lasting, positive impact on the Town of Paradise Valley.”
In his resignation letter, Mr. Miller states he has not formed any firm plans for his post-retirement years, but he anticipates helping Paradise Valley in any way needed to keep it unique and special.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Paradise Valley Town Council will be asked to accept Mr. Miller’s resignation during its meeting.