James Miller

James Miller, Senior Vice President


Jim Miller retired in July, 2015 after 22 years as the Executive Director of the League of Minnesota Cities. The League represents over 850 cities providing training for elected and appointed officials, legislative representation, research, insurance, and investment pooling among other services. It has over 100 employees, with a $20 million operating budget and combined assets of about $1 billion in its insurance and investment programs.

Previously, Jim was city manager of Minnetonka, Minnesota for thirteen years. He has forty-five years of local government experience and has worked in seven cities in five states, including Phoenix, Arizona and Des Moines, Iowa.

During his tenure with the League, he helped it evolve into one of the preeminent state municipal associations in the country. With a particular emphasis on effective governance, the League’s systemic program of effective governance practices was included as a case study in the recent book Transformational Governance published by the American Society of Association Executives. The League is also a leader in employee engagement and development, having been named as one of the top employers in the state of Minnesota in 2014 and 2015 by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Upon his retirement, the League Board of Directors renamed its annual leadership award, given at its annual conference to an outstanding local government practioner, to the James F. Miller Leadership Award.

He has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the National League of Cities and as chair of its Risk Information Sharing Consortium, a membership association of state league sponsored risk sharing pools in 34 states and two Canadian provinces. He is also a Past President of the League of Minnesota Cities. In 1991, Governor Carlson appointed him to the Minnesota Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

He holds a BA degree (University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire) two MPA degrees (University of Pittsburgh and Nova Southeastern University) and a DPA degree (Nova Southeastern University) and was awarded a Bush fellowship to attend the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He has served as adjunct and assistant professor at Hamline University where he taught graduate courses in public administration and leadership and management. He held a similar position at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

In 1995 he was awarded the Lloyd Short Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Public Administration presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Hamline University is now creating an endowed scholarship for graduate students interested in a career in local government in his name.

His international experience includes work with local government officials in several countries, including the Russian Federation, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova.

Contact Information:


612-581-9972 cell

2119 Lake Augusta Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Mercer Group, Inc. 2019