Sept. 30, 2013
“The City of Phoenix family is devastated to learn that retired Deputy City Manager Jerome Miller died today. Jerome worked in public service for more than 34 years with the City of Phoenix, State of Arizona and other government agencies. He was a trusted, dedicated and respected professional. In addition to his city family, Jerome was dearly loved by the many neighborhood leaders, housing advocates and senior service providers he closely worked with throughout his career. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this terribly difficult time.”
-- City Manager David Cavazos
"I am deeply saddened about the loss of Jerome Miller, who I worked with for more than 13 years. Jerome was the consummate professional -- an incredible public servant who cared deeply about our neighborhoods and residents and dedicated his life to the people of Phoenix. "
-- Mayor Greg Stanton
"Today, we learned of the passing of former Deputy City Manager Jerome Miller, one of the finest examples of a public servant I have had the pleasure to work alongside - and I truly mean that. Jerome entered public service for one reason: to serve the community he loved. If there was a neighborhood cleanup, community event or park opening, Jerome was there. I remember meeting with Jerome to discuss an idea to engage volunteers to help rid our city of graffiti. Jerome helped turn that idea into a national model for graffiti abatement and volunteerism, known as Blight Busters. When the residents of Lindo Park, in South Phoenix, wanted to rid their neighborhood park of drug and gang activity, Jerome unleashed the "Take Back Your Neighborhood Program" and empowered the residents to create a safe environment for their kids to play. Jerome was a humble man, a kind man and a true leader. He cared for all residents, reserving a special level of compassion for those in need of the basic necessities of life. His passion, at times, could quiet a room, but his only goal was ensuring the best customer service and programs for our residents. Though my heart is heavy, I am smiling, too, knowing there is a very special angel in heaven. May God bless our friend, Jerome Miller."
-- Councilman Michael Nowakowski