Marshall Co. Judge-Executive Mike Miller dead at 70

12/15/2014 02:44 PM

UPDATED: Longtime Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller passed away Monday at the age of 70.

Several news outlets are reporting that Miller collapsed in his office Monday morning and later passed away at the Marshall County Hospital.

Miller won re-election to the position in November and was recently honored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo for his 40 years of service. Miller was first elected in 1974.

Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement calling the passing of Miller a “terrible loss not only for his family and friends, but also for Marshall County.”

“I can’t think of anyone more devoted to his work and to the improvement of his community than Mike. Very few public officials can say they served in the same position for decades, but Mike easily earned the trust and respect of his peers, who returned him to office again and again. Jane and I are saddened by his death, and we are keeping his wife, Chyrill, sons John Keith and Shawn, and grandchildren in our thoughts and prayers,” Beshear said.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, issued a statement on Miller’s passing saying he was “deeply saddened.”

“Mike was a dedicated public servant who spent 40 years of his life serving the community he loved as county judge-executive. Mike and I worked well together over the past few years, despite being from different political parties. Kelley and I offer our condolences and prayers to Chyrill and the Miller family,” Paul said.

Treasurer Todd Hollenbach also offered his condolences on word of Miller’s passing.

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Judge Miller, a long-time family friend who was mentored by my father and, in return, mentored me when I entered public service. Judge Miller was a model of public service, witnessed by the decades of work for and dedication to the people of Marshall County. But his influence was felt far beyond the lake region of western Kentucky and we will all miss his wit, wisdom, and friendship. “ Hollenbach said.

Attorney General Jack Conway also expressed his sadness on the passing of Miller.

“Mike and I have known each other for more than 20 years and worked together on different issues of importance to our Commonwealth and West Kentucky. He is the dean of county officials in West Kentucky, serving as Marshall County Judge Executive for 40 years. Judge Miller will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the constituents he served. Elizabeth and I are sending prayers to Judge Miller’s wife, Chyrill, his children and his grandchildren.”

State Auditor Adam Edelen also issued a release upon learning of Miller’s passing calling Miller a dear friend.

“I am deeply saddened to learn that my friend Mike Miller, Marshall County Judge/Executive, passed away today. Judge Miller was a dear friend, architect of Gov. Paul Patton’s election in 1995, dedicated public servant and Western Kentucky legend. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed by many.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he was glad he got the chance to honor Miller recently at the Kentucky Association of Counties Conference.

“Judge Miller was a dear friend of mine, and his passing will be a great loss to Marshall County,” Stumbo said. “I’m glad that I got the chance to meet with him last month and to let him know, in the presence of many other county officials, what his service has meant to Kentucky. Judge Miller leaves behind a great legacy. He will be truly missed.”

About Nick Storm

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