Councilman selected for prestigious Darrell Hildebrand Regional Award of Merit

KernCOG is going to honor another Taftian.

Taft City Councilman Randy Miller, who just completed a term as Mayor, was notified this week that he will receive the Darrell Hildebrand Regional Award of Merit for Distinguished Leadership by an Elected Official.

Miller was nominated by fellow Councilman Paul Linder.

In his letter recommending Miller, Linder cited Millers' years of public service.

Miller, a Vietnam Veteran who received the Purple Heart and other commendations for his service in the United States Navy.

Miller is in his third four-year term on the city council.

He has served on the Oildorado Board for 33 years, been a member of Kiwanis for 30 years, served on the West Side Health Care Board, Taft Planning Commission, the board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

He has also served as director of the Taft District Chamber of Commerce,

In his letter of nomination, Linder wrote about Miller's dedication to Taft:

“Randy does not know how to say no to any person or organization who asks for help. He is a cheerleader for the local community and a proud family man, veteran, and public servant never asking anything in return but continuing to give back to his community and country while encouraging all citizens to 'Not just reside in Taft, but to live here.' ”

Miller will receive his award on March 7 at the annual Regionals Awards Ceremony at the Petroleum Club in Bakersfield.

Businessman and educator Bob Hampton received the Regional Award of Merit in 2011 and retiring chief of Police Ken McMinn received the KernCOG Lifetime Achievement Award at the same ceremony.

In 2010, local businessman Charlie Beard received the Darrell Hildebrand award and Midway Driller Editor Doug Keeler received the award for journalism.

In 2008, City Councilman and KernCOG Board member Cliff Thompson was honored for his work in transportation issues and in 2007 retiring chief of Police Bert Pumphrey received an award for distinguished leadership.