School board member forced to make choice |

School board member forced to make choice

When Dan Miller was elected to the Nevada Joint Union High School District governing board of trustees Nov. 5, he fully intended to continue on as a member of the Grass Valley Planning Commission.

But that will not happen.

Under California law, Miller learned last week, an individual cannot serve simultaneously as a member of the school district board of trustees and also as a member of the planning commission if the district and the city have territory in common.

These are incompatible offices, the state’s Attorney General Office said in an opinion issued in July 2001.

In his letter dated Thursday, Miller said his resignation will be effective today. “It’s unfortunate,” said Miller, an insurance agent.

Miller, a former Grass Valley mayor, wants to remain a trustee with the Nevada Joint Union High School District because he was elected and feels committed, he said Monday. (The City Council appoints all members to the Planning Commission.)

Miller said he enjoyed his service on the Planning Commission. It allowed him to keep tabs on what is going on in the city, he said.

Grass Valley City Administrator Gene Haroldsen said someone asked him to look into the issue “some time ago.”

He then forwarded the question to City Attorney Claude Biddle Nov. 7, he said.

Haroldsen, who said he is asked questions all the time, could not recall who raised the issue, he said.

Biddle could not be reached for comment Monday.

Miller has served on and off the Planning Commission since 1997. His last appointment was in April 2001.

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