Since Service Director Mike Miller graduated college, he's held a job in the public sector. Some changes in the pension system were made and Miller, 54, said it influenced him to decide to retire by the end of the year.
Changes were made to the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System when Gov. John Kasich revised several bills Sept. 26.
"They take effect just after the first of the year [Jan. 7, 2013] and it basically is in my best interest to retire now," said Miller. "A lot of it doesn't effect me too much since I'm already so close to retirement, but one of the main ones is the purchase of back time and how that effects your eligibility for health care."
Miller has worked for the city of Stow for more than three years. He was promoted from assistance service director to service director after Dano Koehler retired this year. Nick Wren is currently the assistance service director.
Miller makes $92,580.80 annually.
Before working for Stow, Miller has held public jobs for the last 33 years with North Canton, Canton, Stark County with positions ranging from town manager, chief deputy auditor, tax collector and a police commissioner in Maine.
When Miller does retire by the end of the year, he said he's not really sure what he'll do.
"I'm just concentrating on doing what I need to do to fulfill my duties to the city of Stow," he said. "I'm not looking past the finish line yet. I'm trying to make sure I'm doing everything I can for the citizens before I leave."
Miller does know that he will miss the work when he does leave, though.
"I'll just miss the people I work with and being able to solve problems for residents day-in and day-out," he said.
Miller is the third Stow employee to announce his retirement recently.
Economic Development Director Mike Weddle retired Sept. 28 and Tax Administrator Dennis Bernaciak is expected to retire in the next few weeks.