Columbus City Council member Troy Miller says he is resigning at the end of September.
The 48-year-old Democrat released a statement Friday afternoon announcing the move, saying he is pursing an opportunity in the private sector. Three years are left in Miller's term. Council must appoint a successor who, under the city charter, will have to run for election next year to complete the remaining two years of the term. Miller and council member Eileen Pailey were appointed in January 2009 over the objections of two of the five seated members of the all-Democratic Council. They said they and the public were left out of the selection process, which over the years has been conducted behind closed doors. Then-Council President Mike Mentel said Miller was chosen because he was a successful business owner who would bring that expertise to city government. But Miller told two Council members during the appointment process that he declared chapter 13 bankruptcy in the year 2000, citing 79-thousand dollars in debt following the failure of the database-applications firm he launched in 1999, ZephTech. He said he overextended himself financially and professionally while launching the firm. On Council, Miller has focused on improving the city's technology infrastructure, and has chaired the powerful Development Committee.