New Macomb Treasurer Miller sworn in; quits Legislature
Former state Rep. Derek Miller was sworn in Monday as Macomb County treasurer — on the same day he resigned his legislative seat.
Miller took the oath of office before a packed courtroom at the county courthouse by Michigan Supreme Court Justice David F. Viviano.
Miller, 32, a former assistant prosecutor, was chosen Friday to succeed Ted Wahby, who died in December.
“I’m announcing that I am stepping aside as the representative of Michigan’s 28th House District to become the treasurer of Macomb County,” Miller said in a statement Monday. “I have enjoyed my time in the Legislature, and I will forever be grateful for the trust that my constituents put in me. I look forward to serving them — and all of Macomb County’s residents — in my new role as their county treasurer.”
Miller’s resignation from the Legislature comes during the Democrat’s first term representing the 28th District, comprising the city of Center Line and part of Warren. An election will have to be scheduled to fill his seat.
Miller in his statement emphasized his focus on county residents.
“Serving the people of my district was always my top priority in the state House, and serving the people of our county will continue to be my priority in my new role,” he said.
Miller was chosen from a pool of three “extremely qualified” candidates, according to Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. Other candidates interviewed Friday were longtime Deputy Treasurer Jerry Moffitt and John Latella, former chief financial officer and CEO of Garden Fresh Gourmet.
Wahby, 84, served as treasurer for 20 years. As an appointee, Miller will serve the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31.
Miller is the third generation of his family to serve Macomb County in office. His grandfather, Art Miller, was Warren’s first mayor in 1957. His grandmother, Edna Miller, was the first woman elected to the position of Macomb County clerk. His father, Art Miller Jr., served in the Michigan Senate for 26 years.
Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.