It was an emotional last fiscal court meeting for outgoing Judge Executive Chyrill Miller. She says it’s been a tough year after losing her husband and taking on his job.
“I couldn't have gotten through it if it wasn't for their support and knowing that he was right behind me.” Miller said. She says this is what he would have wanted —for his wife to fill in and give his supporters the next best thing before Tuesday's special election. She remembers how hard of a decision it was to make, after she had just lost her husband of 44 years.
Miller said she thought, “maybe it might be something I could do," saying to herself, “I mean, you've lived with him 41 years."
Miller told us she’s proud of the work that’s been done, including the alcohol ordinances after the county voted to go wet and single-handedly getting funding for roads. She hopes her husband is proud.
Miller, referred to as a “steel magnolia,” says she’s ready to retire for a second time. This will mean more time with her family and her dog, Maggie. “The last couple of months have been very tiring, and I don't think I could have gone on much longer,” Miller added.
This was the first election in Marshall County in more than four decades that a campaign sign hasn't read Miller.
Mike Miller’s brother, Harold Miller, said it was tough to cast a vote for anyone but his brother. “Mike Miller will be the family legacy,” he said.
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