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Oxford city manager to retire

OXFORD -- Oxford city manager Clark Miller plans to retire this year.

He recently informed Mayor Jerry Roseberry and the council of his plans to retire until the city can find a replacement in the coming months.

"It's been a wonderful time," Miller said. "I'm looking forward to playing golf."

He said he's dealing with some health and stress issues, so his doctor has suggested a change of lifestyle.

Miller will be working on a limited schedule in the meantime.

Oxford mayor Jerry Roseberry said Miller has been "a tremendous asset" to the city of Oxford.

"He came on board at a time when the city's police operations needed an experienced leader. He filled that role perfectly and set the department on a path of hiring police officers only after they passed rigorous examination. He implemented polices that emphasized community policing in its purest form," he said.

Miller also became the city's first city manager, when it changed its form of government in July 2011.

"The city leaders felt that Miller would be able to make the transition more easily than hiring someone not familiar with the city and its operations," Roseberry said. "That has proven to be true, and Oxford employees, city council members and residents have been pleased with the result."

Miller originally was hired as Oxford's Chief of Police in 2008 and served in that position until being appointed the interim city clerk administrator and then city manager. He had retired as an administrative from the DeKalb County Police Department after 12 years before coming to Oxford.

Roseberry said he anticipates that the city will have a new city manager in place within the next couple of months.