District VI City Council member Janet Miller was elected Vice Mayor during a City Council meeting on Monday. Miller will serve a one-year term in the rotating position, which is voted on by City Council members.
City officials will hold a swearing-in ceremony at 9 a.m. on Tuesday during the regular City Council meeting. District I City Council member Lavonta Williams is the outgoing Vice Mayor.
A lifelong Kansan, Miller was first elected to the Wichita City Council in April 2009. She was re-elected to her second term in 2013. In addition to her work on the City Council, Miller serves on the boards of Botanica – The Wichita Gardens, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC), Old Town Association, and the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO).
She has had significant involvement in a number of Wichita initiatives, including Visioneering Wichita, the Project Downtown Master Plan, Botanica’s Children’s Garden, NOMAR International Market, Bicycle Master Plan, and the transit-related Health Impact Assessment. She is an ardent advocate for thriving neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown, public transit, infrastructure for biking and walking, and helping Wichita become a sustainable and diverse community young professionals will choose to call home.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor of science in education, Miller began her career as a middle school teacher with certifications in mathematics and English. After teaching, her professional career evolved into marketing, communications, and administration and has included work with Mid American Credit Union, Exploration Place, Kansas Health Foundation, and Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. Over the course of her career, she became active in her neighborhood association and civically engaged in the community, which ultimately led her to run for City Council. She and her husband, retired Kansas state representative Nile Dillmore, live in Historic Midtown Wichita.