Jim Miller is a Senior Associate with Mercer Group Associates. He has over 40 years’ experience in local government including as a city manager and Executive Director of the League of Minnesota Cities. He has assisted cities, intergovernmental organizations of cites and state municipal leagues with recruitment for key executive positions including city manager or administrator and executive director.
Mr. Miller retired in July, 2015 after 22 years as the Executive Director of the League of Minnesota Cities. Previously, he was City Manager of Minnetonka, Minnesota for thirteen years. He also worked in the city manager’s office in: Eau Claire, Brown Deer, and Janesville, Wisconsin; Phoenix, Arizona; Monroeville, Pennsylvania; and Des Moines, Iowa.
He has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the National League of Cities and as chair of its Risk Information Sharing Consortium, a membership association of state league sponsored risk sharing pools in 34 states and two Canadian provinces. He is also a Past President of the League of Minnesota Cities. In 1991, Governor Carlson appointed him to the Minnesota Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
He holds a BA degree (University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire) two MPA degrees (University of Pittsburgh and Nova Southeastern University) and a DPA degree (Nova Southeastern University) and was awarded a Bush fellowship to attend the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He has served as adjunct and assistant professor at Hamline University where he taught graduate courses in public administration and leadership and management. He held a similar position at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1995 he was awarded the Lloyd Short Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Public Administration presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Hamline University has created an endowed scholarship for graduate students interested in a career in local government in his name. Upon his retirement, the League of Minnesota Cities renamed its annual Leadership Award which recognizes outstanding career contributions by a local government practitioner as the James F. Miller Leadership Award.