The Miller City Council is composed of six council members elected from three wards within the city.  The council members serve a two-year term.  The Council is lead by an elected mayor who also serves a two-year term.  They meet every first and third Monday of the month (except for when a holiday is on that Monday) at 7 PM at City Hall.

Ron Blachford Mayor E-mail»
Bob Steers Ward 1  
Jeff Swartz Ward 1  
Joe Zeller Ward 2 E-mail »
SuAnne Rowen Meyer Ward 2 E-mail »
Jim Odegaard Ward 3 E-mail »
Tony Rangel Ward 3 E-mail »

 

Download the committee appointments for 2019 »


Ron Blachford, Mayor

Ronald (Ron) Blachford was born in Miller and has lived in Hand County all of his life. He has been a resident of Miller for the last 21 years.

He recently retired as the Highway Superintendent after being employed with Hand County for over 30 years.

Ron has three children, two step-children, four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

He is proud to serve as the mayor of Miller.

Blachford Photo


Bob Steers, Council Member - Ward 1

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Jeff Swartz, Council Member - Ward 1


Joe Zeller, Council Member - Ward 2


SuAnne Rowen Meyer, Member - Ward 2


Jim Odegaard, Council Member - Ward 3

Jim Odegaard was born in Miller on July 19th, 1954, to Bud and Francelia Odegaard. He has an older brother, Rich, who lives in Browning, MT, and an older sister, Ann, who passed away in 2005. Jim grew up on a farm south of Highmore and attended school there. During his high school years, he worked at the Pioneer Garage in Highmore and after high school, he attended a year at the Vo-Tech in Springfield, SD, for auto mechanics.

Jim met his wife, Corrine, in Highmore and they were married on May 25th, 1974. They have two sons, Eric and Clinton, and one grandchild, Courtney. Their oldest son, Eric, and his wife, Angie, and daughter, Courtney, live in Spencer, IA. Their youngest son, Clint, was married to Dana in March, 2007, and reside in Minooka, IL.

In May, 1974, Jim and his family moved to Miller and he worked for Kennedy Houseboats for 12 years. After the factory moved, he went to work full-time for Pugh Brothers on their farm. He is currently employed at Dakota Energy Coop where he has worked for six years.

His hobbies are snowmobiling, woodworking and remodeling their home. He was a member of the Miller Fire Department for a number of years and was elected to the Miller City Council in April of 2007.

Odegaard Photo


Tony Rangel, Council Member - Ward 3

Anthony (Tony) Rangel moved to Miller in 1987 to accept the Postmaster position. He retired in 2005 with 37 years of service.

Tony and his wife Bette have two children and four grandchildren.

He has served on the City Council since May of 2010 and enjoys the challenge.

Rangel Photo


2019 Committee Assignments/Mayoral Appointments

(Committee Chair is first person listed, Alternate is 3rd person listed)
FINANCE OFFICE Steers, Rangel, Meyer
PUBLIC SAFETY Steers, Rangel, Swartz, 
  Police, Fire, Civil Defense, Emergency Warning System
STREETS, PARK, BALLPARK Swartz, Zeller, Steers
  Streets, Alleys, Sidewalks, Park, Ballpark, City Hall Mowing, Storm Sewer, Street Equipment
UTILITIES Swartz, Meyer, Rangel
  Lights and Power, Water, Sewer, Pool, City Hall Snow Removal, Utility Equipment
AIRPORT, CITY PLANNING & ZONING  Zeller, Steers, Meyer
PERSONNEL Odegaard, Zeller, Meyer

BEAUTIFICATION
 

WORKPLACE SAFETY

Odegaard, Rangel

Rangel, Meyer, Swartz 

ON HAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DELEGATE Zeller
HOUSING

Meyer, Steers

The Mayor is a member of each committee as ex-officio.  (By virtue of his title.)

 

2019 Mayor Appointments

CITY ATTORNEY Riter, Rogers, Wattier & Northrup LLP 
CHIEF OF POLICE Shannon Speck
FINANCE OFFICER Sheila Coss
OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER “The Miller Press”
OFFICIAL DEPOSITORS American Bank & Trust - Miller
  Quoin Financial Bank - Miller
 

Wells Fargo Bank
SD FIT

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER Dr. John Hopkins
LEPC LIAISON Ronald Hoftiezer
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES REPRESENTATIVES Bob Steers, Jeff Swartz
NECOG LIAISON  SuAnne Meyer
TREE CITY USA Jim Odegaard
CONSOLIDATED EQUALIZATION Jim Odegaard