Terry Miller, ‘great county asset,’ honored by peers at last meeting
Kudos were handed out last week as some officials prepared to leave office Tuesday night at midnight.
Republican County Council chair Gary Davis commended outgoing Commission chair Terry L. Miller, Democrat-Elizabeth, for a job well done.
Miller served three four-year terms and the remaining 1-1/2 years of the late Wayne Brown’s term, after he was killed in a tragic traffic crash on his way home from a Farm Bureau dinner.
“We are losing Terry Miller as a commissioner,” Davis told the audience at last week’s council meeting, just prior to adjourning for the evening. “Some people may think the council and commissioners are at each other’s throat all the time, but probably 95 percent of the time, the council and commissioners see eye-to-eye.
“About the only thing we haven’t agreed on is the animal shelter, and I’m confident sooner or later, we will get together on that also.”
Davis added: “Terry Miller deserves a hand for his 13-1/2 years as commissioner.”
At Friday night’s special meeting of the commissioners, Miller was presented with a handsome Seth Thomas desk clock and pen, with the following engraving: “Terry L. Miller, Harrison County Commissioner, 1989-2002.”
“I don’t know how many people appreciated the time you put in, but I know we will really miss you,” Davis told Miller, adding: “I mean that sincerely.”
(Miller never missed a commissioners’ meeting during his time in office.)
Before moving to adjourn that meeting, Commissioner J.R. Eckart, R-Corydon, said he has enjoyed serving with Miller and will miss his knowledge and experience on the board.
Commissioner James Goldman, D-Depauw, said, “Harrison County is losing one of its greatest assets.”
Auditor Karen Engleman, R-Corydon, is also leaving office, having served two four-year terms. She is thus barred from re-election because state law prohibits a third consecutive term.
She was feted at a farewell reception with cake and punch Friday afternoon at the courthouse, hosted by her office staff. She was also commended by other elected officials.
Part of her job as auditor included serving as secretary for the council and commissioners, and tracking and recording all income and expenditures of the county.
“You couldn’t tell all the time that Karen and the county council got along,” said Davis. “But for a significant amount of time, we did. We appreciate Karen’s hard work.”
Engleman said, laughing: “We may not have totally agreed all the time, but I didn’t want to do your job, either.”
Other council members also praised Engleman and thanked her for the job she’s done.
With all that, it was time for Engleman to bring out the Kleenex.
Dabbing at her eyes, she said: “I thought I was going to get away without this.”