Palmyra City Council to discuss Miller case at special meeting on Thursday | News

PALMYRA — City Council convenes in executive session at a special meeting Thursday to discuss issues related to City Supervisor Ken Miller, who is on family medical leave after authorities discovered him unconscious and apparently in drunk at his Maple Avenue home on March 9 after he failed to attend a meeting with county administration.

Acting Supervisor Jim Welch said the board discussed Miller’s situation in executive session at its meeting last Thursday, where the board also accepted Miller’s letter notifying the city that he was taking a leave of absence from March 14 to April 12.

Welch said Thursday’s board meeting may produce more information about Miller’s situation, including some of his actions that morning. Welch confirmed to the Finger Lakes Times that Palmyra’s supervisor drove a truck used by city law enforcement to his Maple Avenue home from City Hall on Canandaigua Road on the morning of March 9.

Welch said he did not receive evidence that Miller was intoxicated when he drove the vehicle home, where some time later he was found unconscious after County Administrator Rick House asked MPs to do a wellness check on the council chairman.

“We don’t know if he was drunk or not,” Welch said.

It is unclear if blood tests were performed on Miller, who was taken to hospital. Wayne County Sheriff Rob Milby did not respond to phone and email requests for comment last week regarding Miller.

On Monday, the Times, through the state’s Freedom of Information Act, requested any possible reports from the sheriff’s office related to the March 9 incident.

The city truck and a county vehicle that Miller was authorized to use in his duties as president were driven from his home.

Miller, who has a history of alcohol problems, lost the use of a county vehicle after a 2020 incident in which he arrived in a county vehicle in what witnesses described as a state of drunk. The supervisors then agreed to return the vehicle to him. County Administrator House said the authority to authorize use of the county vehicle rests solely with supervisors.

As for Miller taking the keys to a city-owned vehicle, Welch said there were no rules in the city against that.

“He’s a supervisor,” Welch said. “He’s already brought it to[county]board meetings. It’s not out of the ordinary. … He’s the boss.

Welch said they hope to provide information to the public regarding Miller after they meet in executive session. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Welch said the most important thing is that Miller gets the help he needs for alcohol abuse.

“Our main concern is that he recovers,” he said.

As to whether board members will urge him to resign, Welch replied, “We’re not ready to say that.”

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