Cave Creek Council appoints Grady Miller as Town Manager

On January 16, 2024, the Cave Creek Town Council unanimously appointed Grady Miller as Town Manager to manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the town.

“Grady is a local government professional who is known and respected by his peers in other cities and towns and regional organizations that interface with Cave Creek,” stated Mayor Robert Morris. “His experience will benefit the residents by improving services from our strong financial base. The Council and I are delighted to have him as our Town Manager and representing Cave Creek.”

“I am very grateful to the Mayor and Town Council appointing me to serve as their manager,” stated Miller. “I look forward to working with the Mayor and Council and the talented employees in the Town of Cave Creek. Retiring Town Manager Carrie Dyrek has left the organization in a very strong position, and

I plan to implement the Council’s priorities and initiatives to build on her past successes,” explained Miller.

Grady Miller has over thirty-five years of experience in cities and towns in Arizona, California, and Rhode Island. From July 2015 to June 2023, Miller was the Town Manager of Fountain Hills. Just prior to being appointed in Cave Creek, Miller had served as interim City Manager of Kingman, Arizona, where he helped the City Council address a number of important issues.

Miller grew up in Huntington Beach, California, and started his career in public service working for the City of Santa Ana in Orange County after graduating from San Diego State University. He went on to work for the City of Burbank in the Los Angeles area before relocating in 1990 to Peoria, Arizona. While at the City of Peoria for nineteen years, he held the positions of Assistant to the City Manager, Communications Director, and Deputy Community Services Director before becoming Town Manager of Narragansett, Rhode Island, in 2010.

In addition to his career in local government, Miller has been a leader in the region and the community. He previously served on the Management Committee of the Maricopa Association of Governments, a metropolitan planning organization for cities and towns; he has been the chair and vice-chair of the board of directors for the Arizona Metropolitan Trust, a nonprofit organization providing group medical benefits to municipal employees in Arizona; and is currently a member of the Four Peaks Rotary Club and a board member of the Four Peaks Rotary Foundation.

Miller holds a Master of Public Administration degree from ASU and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University. In 2020 Miller received his Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association, one of the highest professional achievements a city manager or town manager can attain.

The Credentialed Manager designation is awarded to less than five percent of city managers nationally and only 9 city and town managers in Arizona have the distinction. In 2023 the International City/County Management Association also recognized Miller for his distinguished local government career by granting him an ICMA Life Membership.

Miller’s first official day with the Town was February 5th.