The City Council honored retiring Chief Financial Officer Scott Miller at Thursday's study session, thanking him for seven years of dedication to Beverly Hills.
"During his tenure, Scott has been instrumental in the city, bringing about a triple-A rating for the city from all three rating agencies: Fitch, Moody's and S&P," Mayor William Brien said.
Brien also noted that Miller has taken part in the community outside the office as a Rotary Club of Beverly Hills member and special advisor to the Maple Counseling Center.
Miller came to Beverly Hills from the city of Claremont in November 2005. He has more than 30 years of experience in the pubic and private sectors, having been previously employed by the city of Palm Desert, the city and county of San Francisco, the University of California–Berkeley and Turner Broadcasting System.
Graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in psychology and minor in business administration, Miller went on to earn an MA in higher education administration from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in public administration from Arizona State University.
"We have two doctors on the City Council, but you're the doctor who really matters: The doctor of finance and keeping us above water," Councilwoman Lili Bosse told Miller.
In accepting his Certificate of Recognition and a commemorative award, Miller praised his colleagues at City Hall.
"We don't go into public service for riches or for fame...You go into it for public service," he said. "I appreciate being part of Beverly Hills. I hope I made the city a better place while I was here and I will miss it greatly. I will miss the Council, I will miss my colleagues, I will miss it all."