Grady E. Miller – Candidate for Cohasset Town Manager


I have over twenty six years of local government experience working for cities and towns in Rhode Island, Arizona, and California. I believe my qualifications and experience mirror those that the Town of Cohasset is looking for in its next Town Manager.

From 2010 to 2012, I served as Town Manager of Narragansett, Rhode Island, a beach community of 16,000 residents (50,000 during the summer) and 160 full-time employees. As Town Manager, one of my key responsibilities was the managing the full service community while finding resources to maintaining an outstanding quality of life for its residents. I assisted the Council in addressing major financial issues including a $2 million annual loss in state shared revenue and town budget reductions while at the same time increasing reserves, maintaining service levels, and targeting additional investments in capital infrastructure. I served as the Finance Director for six months and implemented new internal controls, cash management practices, and consumer-friendly policies for taxpayers. I completed a community economic development plan (the first for a Rhode Island town) and successfully received voter approval for a $17 million street improvement program. I also spearheaded studies of the fire department, beach erosion, and the town’s underfunded pension and retiree medical plans. I led a number of progressive organizational initiatives such as open government, town wide customer service training, and continuous improvements to operations.

While in Narragansett, I developed and strengthened relations with a number of governmental organizations to further the town’s interests. This included maintaining close relationships with the local school superintendent, neighboring local government officials, the regional planning organization director, our congressional and General Assembly members, and state agencies. I also testified before the Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives on bills impacting the town.

From 1990 to 2010, I worked for the City of Peoria, Arizona, a city with a population of 160,000 and 1,200 employees. My positions included Assistant to the City Manager, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, and Deputy Community Services Director. While in Peoria, I supervised the City Council staff of six and routinely assisted the Mayor and Council with policy matters, research, and citizen complaints.


 Twenty-six years of local government management experience in Rhode Island, Arizona, and California

 Successfully addressed major financial issues facing Narragansett, RI, including a $2 million annual loss in state aid; pursued actuarial strategies for resolving underfunded pension and retiree medical liabilities

 Discontinued Narragansett’s practice of appropriating general fund reserves to address budget shortfalls

 Successfully negotiated with Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council in approving installation of sewers in a fully developed beach barrier area previously denied by the agency

 Organized and hosted an Economic Summit with the federal Economic Development Agency, RI Economic Development Corp., and stakeholders on major decline of fishing industry which lead to state legislation supporting fishing industry and additional state funding for the Port of Galilee in Narragansett

 Collaborated with Department of Environmental Management in applying for grants which resulted in a $2.9 million award of a federal grant for major port infrastructure improvements to the Port of Galilee



Master of Public Administration, December 2001, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Public Administration, August 1986, San Diego State University


Volunteer – Narragansett Historical Society, Narragansett Lions, and St. Peters by the Sea

June 2012 – Present

 Serve as unpaid consultant for the Narragansett Historical Society (founded in 2012)

 Provide professional advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors relating to articles of incorporation, 501(c)(3) filing, bylaws, membership, fundraising, grants, events, website, and marketing

 Assisted organization in applying for and receiving $10,000 in grant funding and oversaw membership drive that resulted in 100 paid memberships in first year

 Serve as a volunteer for church, local food bank and numerous events for Narragansett Lions


Town Manager – Town of Narragansett, Rhode Island

January, 2010 – May, 2012

 Served as Town Manager of a full-service community with 16,000 residents and 160 FTE employees

 Provided professional guidance and advice to 5 member Town Council; ensured council policies were carried out by operating departments; assisted Town Council in developing strategic priorities for town

 Oversaw development of $50 million operating budget and $3.9 million capital budget

 Supervised and coached 10 department directors; implemented new performance management system

 Acted as Finance Director for six months and significantly improved internal processes such as internal controls/accountability, cash management practices, and consumer-friendly policies for taxpayers

 Spearheaded major capital and service improvement initiatives including a $17 million street program, $1.8 million beach facility project, a successful $2 million open space bond referendum, beach erosion study, fire services study, customer service training, and streamlined purchasing procedures/policies

 Overhauled personnel rules and payroll practices to be consistent with federal and state laws

 Completed IT projects including VOIP, updated website, and General Ledger and utility system upgrades

 Regularly attended and maintained excellent relations with town committees including Finance Committee, Economic Development Committee, Personnel Board, and Land Conservancy Trust

 Negotiated labor contracts resulting in cost reductions for wages, healthcare, pension and other benefits

 Regularly met with union leaders and worked cooperatively at resolving grievances and other labor issues

 Coordinated economic development study involving stakeholders and residents resulting in first municipal economic development plan for a town in Rhode Island

 Led the town’s emergency response to Hurricane Irene in 2011 and historic flood event in March 2010; ensured town assets and residents were protected; interfaced with RI EMA and FEMA on recovery



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