By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A retired Canadian County judge is stepping down as Yukon’s city attorney at the end of 2020.
Gary Miller’s resignation is effective Dec. 31.
Miller cited family health issues in a letter to Mayor Shelli Selby, city council members, City Manager Jim Crosby, and city staff.
“This has been a very hard decision for me,” Miller wrote in the letter, dated Sept. 30. “It has been a sincere pleasure to serve as your city attorney for the past four years. I am convinced that the City, under the leadership of this Council, with the assistance of outstanding Yukon employees, will continue to grow and prosper.”
Miller has served as Yukon city attorney since January 2017, when he was hired to replace Mike Segler at an annual salary of $72,000.
The Yukon City Council this March raised Miller’s pay by 54% from $79,500 to $123,000 a year, to align with city attorneys in cities of similar size. After more than three years as Yukon’s part-time city attorney, Miller became a full-time employee.
After the council’s action, Miller said he was “absolutely thrilled.”
“There are a lot of things going on in Yukon and a lot more coming,” Miller said in March. “I’m just glad to be part of it.”
In his recent resignation letter, Miller thanked Yukon city officials for giving him the opportunity to serve and for their “commitment and hard work for the benefit of the City.”
He concluded by writing, “Again, I thank you for your thoughtfulness and the courtesies you have afforded me.”
Miller is in his second stint as Yukon’s city attorney, having previously held the post in 1993 before being appointed as Canadian County’s associate district judge to succeed Reta Strubhar.
Miller was associate district judge until 2008 when he left Canadian County to become the children and family services director for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Miller returned to the Canadian County bench in early 2010 when he was named the new district judge succeeding Edward C. Cunningham. He served as Canadian County’s chief magistrate until fall 2016 when he retired as a member of the judiciary.