Outgoing councilmembers get commendations

Randy Miller and Renee Hill were honored with official commendations from the City of Taft last night as they attended and voted at their final meeting.

Miller is retiring from the City Council as the senior member after serving four four-year terms.

Hill was unsuccessful in her bid for a second term on the City Council in the November election.

The commendations were both full of praise for the outgoing councilmembers, and they in turn returned that praise to the council and to city staff.

Miller served two two-year terms as mayor and severed on just about every committee the city has. In her term, Hill served on the public works, traffic and personnel committees and two ad hoc committees, one on economic development and one on homelessness and vagrancy.

Both served on the City Planning Commission before being elected to the council.

Miller was caught off guard when asked to comment on his 16-year tenure on the Council.

"I just want to say what an honor its been to serve on the City Council."

He praised both the current council and staff and pas councils and staff he has dealt with since he was first elected in 2002, and said its time for someone else to serve.

"It's kind of time for me to step off the train and let it keep going," he said.

Hill, too, thanked city staff for helping her learn the intricacies of city government.

"This has been a life-changing experience for me," she said.