Carlos Miller is new mayor of Perryville

Published 6:00 am Friday, December 24, 2021

The Perryville City Council appointed now-former councilman Carlos Miller as the new mayor of Perryville in a special-called meeting Monday night.

The appointment came after former mayor Brian Caldwell resigned to start a new position as Boyle County Emergency Management Agency director.

Miller will serve the remainder of Caldwell’s four-year term, which will conclude at the end of 2022. Miller was also deputy mayor under Caldwell’s appointment.

“I’m excited about what we can do with the city here, I’ve got a lot of ideas,” Miller said. “I’d like to see the town grow and that’s going to be with the help of all of us. It’s not just one person that can do it, it’ll be the work of all the council; we’ll try to do what’s best for the community.”

Beginning the meeting without a nomination, the city council moved into a closed session to discuss an appointment.

Councilman Steve Bailey was also interested in the position, but took himself out of the running.

Coming out of closed sessions, the council voted unanimously to appoint Miller as mayor. City Clerk Mary Sleet swore him in.

A councilman for three years, Miller said he hopes to continue the work that Caldwell and the council has done. He wants to unify the community, and has ideas about how to grow the town.

“I hope I can serve the people and do the best I can,” Miller said. “I hope they can put their trust in me and be able to call on me anytime to discuss whatever needs to be done.”

Miller is unsure if he’ll run for mayor next year, and said that he’ll take it one day at a time.