Alan Miller doesn’t consider himself a politician, rather a public servant. He wants to use that servant’s heart by serving on the Arab City Council.
He is seeking the Place 5 seat on the council, currently held by Chris Harper.
The city election is Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Miller previously served on the Arab City Council from January 2015 until November of 2016.
Miller is a life-long resident of Arab. He’s a graduate of Arab High School and Auburn University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and from Florida State, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration on finance.
He has been the branch manager of Redstone Federal Credit Union in Arab for nearly 20 years.
“I remain strongly invested in the city of Arab. I live, work and worship here, Miller said. “I have a child in Arab City Schools, and I own a home and other property here. I have earnest concern that our city and its resources are overseen and managed soundly and competently.
“I feel that during my tenure on the city council we had great success, and I’m proud of what we accomplished during that time,” he continued. “But I don’t want to focus on that. I am forward thinking and forward looking, so I want to fixate upon what more can be done to improve our quality of life.”
Miller comes from a family of educators and is pro-education – especially for Arab’s school system.
“Our school system is above reproach,” he said. “It is one of the finest hallmarks of our city. I want to help sustain the great quality and reputation it boasts.”
He also considers himself pro-business.
“I want to do what I can to help our current businesses prosper,” he said. “I want to work closely with our economic development office, our Chamber of Commerce, the Marshall County Economic Development Council, the Marshall County Legislative Office and Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to help attract new businesses to positively impact our economy. I have well-established rapport and relationships with all of them.”
He also wants to see Arab “sparkle.”
“A favorite task of mine serving on the council was working with the Arab Beautification Board,” he said. “I want to contribute any way I can to continued improvements in the beautification and appearance of our city. We have a lot of extraordinary assets and resources in our town and many great city personnel that help oversee and manage them. I want to help ensure they have the best quality of job satisfaction possible.”
He wants to see and help the city grow, but “in the right way.”
“To say you want the city to ‘grow’ is always a welcomed expression, but perhaps contrived,” he said. “I do want us to grow, but only in the right ways. For me it’s more apt to say I want to help the city progress and flourish.
“I feel strongly that my experience of over 24 years in business and financial management makes me eminently qualified for the job,” he continued. “I will be be a champion for prudent and responsible fiscal administration.”
Miller said his long-standing civic involvement in the community also makes him the best qualified to serve on the council.
“Through that contribution I have connected with the people of the community and forged strong and lasting relationships,” he said. “It helps me keep my ‘finger on the pulse’ of what are the needs of our community.”
Some of the organizations he served include:
• Board of directors for North Alabama Business and Technology Center (NABTEC)
• Marshall County Leadership Challenge Program as a graduate, board member and board chair;
• Advisory Council for Marshall County Family Resource Center;
• Arab Musical Theatre board of directors;
• Troop Committee Chair and assistant Scout Master for Trop 60 of the Boy Scouts of America;
• Arab Rotary Club as a member, past president and current president-elect;
• Treasurer for Arab First United Methodist Church, where he also serves on the stewardship committee, church council and contemporary worship praise band;
• Junior Achievement volunteer.
“Through my involvement and in other ways, I have been reachable to our residents, and that is critical,” he said. “It is always my objective to be available to our citizens, willing and wanting to hear what they have to say. Indeed, in my job I see and talk to a multitude from our community all day every day, which I love. I enjoy engaging and hearing their thoughts, feelings, opinions and perspectives.”
Miller said he believes in the tenet of “from him whom much is given, much is expected.”
“This community has given much to me, and I want to give back by offering my skills and talents,” he said. “I bring a common sense approach. I try to listen and be fair to all. Listening is the most important aspect of a councilman’s role. The most important part of serving for me is to satisfy my aspiration to have impact for the better on the people and world around me.”
Miller has been at Redstone more than 25 years and at the Arab branch for nearly 20 years.
He and his wife, the former Dorisa Wilder, have three children – daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Brittani Hamrick, 32, and Mark Hamrick; son, Hamil Miller, 19; and daughter, Aspen Miller, 15.
Miller is the son of the late Dowling and Martha Ann Miller. Generations of Arabians knew his mother as “Ms. Marty,” who operated Great Day Kindergarten and Daycare in Arab for many years.