Paul Miller is the newest face on the Estacada Rural Fire District's board of directors.
During a meeting Thursday, March 18, Miller was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board after John Bresko's retirement from Position 2.
Miller is the owner of Manutek Manufacturing Technologies, located in the Estacada Industrial Campus. He was part of a team of community members who helped fight the Riverside Fire last fall and later joined the Estacada Fire District's transition team. After Estacada voters said no to a proposed merger with Clackamas Fire in the November 2020 election, the transition team formed to rebuild Estacada's fire department after the contract for service with Clackamas Fire ends in June.
"I supported the no vote (on the merger with Clackamas Fire), and I wanted to help get the district going again. I felt that I couldn't walk away," Miller said.
Miller thinks his background in business will be a useful asset during his time on the board of directors.
"The department needs to be run like a business," he said, noting the importance of fiscal responsibility and hiring the best leadership. "The most important part of the board now is making sure we hire the right fire chief. We need a chief we can trust."
Miller added that he's been excited to see the enthusiasm from those who have decided to volunteer for the district.
"We're on a good path to making this happen in the time frame that we have," he said. "It's been amazing to see the community step up. We have a really rare opportunity. You don't get to just hit restart on a fire department. We've got a shot at getting this done and doing it right."
Once he's completed Bresko's term, Miller will run unopposed to keep the seat in the May 18 election. Matthew Silva is running unopposed for re-elecion in Position 1, and Matt Day is running unopposed in Position 4.
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