Tryon commissioner Roy Miller resigns effective June 1

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TRYON- In an unexpected announcement, Tryon commissioner Roy Miller told the town on Tuesday, March 21 he is resigning his position effective June 1.

Tryon Town Council met Tuesday and Miller made his announcement during commissioner comments near the end of the meeting.

“June 1 will be my last day,” Miller said. “I’m actually resigning. I’ve had enough.”

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Miller has been a Tryon commissioner for the last 13 years, serving some of those as mayor pro-tem as well.

Miller has recently been named in news media following the firing of former Tryon Fire Chief Joey Davis in January. According to the town, Davis was fired for using a town credit card to pay some of Miller’s personal bills. An investigation is ongoing by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and no charges have been filed against anyone.

Miller said his tenure with the town has been a good ride and the town staff is almost like his family.

“Whether you believe the hype, I’ve always lived in Tryon,” Miller said. “I’ve been here for 40-something years.

“It’s been a good ride. I thank the citizens who have support me.”

Miller also said when he first ran for council he was 37 years old and thought he’d serve one term.

“I started at 37 thinking I’d do one run and it’s hard,” Miller said.

He said the job is rewarding and mentioned he’d worked the longest with Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples and they’d accomplished a lot over the years and had some failures.

“I just appreciate all the support,” he said. “I’ll have more words next month, I just wanted everybody to know I’m going out to pasture and hope nobody is waiting behind a tree ready to shoot.”

Town council entered closed session following the regular meeting Tuesday.

After re-entering open session, the board officially accepted Miller’s resignation.

Read Roy Miller’s resignation letter here.