Jerry T. Miller was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew
up in the small community of Clark Station, located on
the Jefferson/Shelby County line. He was a member of the
Fisherville Church of Christ, played softball at Eastwood
Park, and attended public schools.
In May, 1973, Miller earned a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Accounting from the University of Kentucky, passed the
entire CPA exam, married his college sweetheart Laura and
moved to South Carolina, where he joined a CPA firm. He
returned to Kentucky in 1977 to join Humana.
Jerry was promoted in 1989 to Vice-President, a role he
held at Humana until 1993 when the company was split. He
returned to Humana in 1995 and served there until 2004,
the last four years as a Vice-President, where he led a
team of over 800 associates.
Feeling called to public service, Miller left Humana to
work in the administration of Governor Ernie Fletcher. He
served for two years under Commerce Secretary Jim Host,
with whom he worked closely on the Kentucky State Fair
Board, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville Arena
Task Force, Kentucky State Parks and other issues
affecting Jefferson County.
Miller was then appointed Commissioner of Kentucky’s
Department of Parks in the spring of 2006, where he
managed Kentucky’s 52 state parks and historic sites.
While Parks’ Commissioner, he founded the Kentucky State
Parks Foundation (KSPF) and served on its board of
directors until August 2009. This 501(c)(3) Foundation
makes grants to individual state parks, including
Louisville’s E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, which has
already received two KSPF grants.
Since leaving state government, Jerry has volunteered for
a variety of not-for-profit organizations. He serves on
the Kentucky Heritage Council and on the board of
directors of Eastern Area Community Ministries. He is
also on the board of Middletown-based Christian Care
Communities, chairing their Mission Advancement Committee
and serving on their Executive and Strategic Planning
Committees. He is a member of The Kentucky Society of
CPAs, Filson Historical Society, Kentucky Historical
Society, Louisville Civil War Roundtable, Kentucky
Genealogical Society, and Toastmasters. Miller serves as
Vice-President of the Ashmoor Woods Homeowners
Association and is a past president of the Middletown
Jerry and his wife are members of Middletown Christian
Church, where he serves on the External Missions
committee and went on a 2008 mission-trip to Honduras. He
has prepared tax returns for low-income people,
volunteered at the Ryder Cup, helped remodel the Eastern
Area Community Ministries’ offices and food bank, and
done flood cleanup in west Louisville. An avid history
buff, he leads an effort to memorialize the site of a
nearby civil war skirmish at which 22 African American
soldiers were killed and buried in a mass grave.
In September 2009, Miller was asked to serve as the
Chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party
Executive Committee. He agreed to lead the party while a
search committee could be appointed and identify the
person best able to serve out the remaining four year
term of Brad Cummings, who resigned to focus on his
business. Having filled that commitment, he filed to run
for the Louisville Metro Council’s District 19 seat being
vacated by Councilman Hal Heiner.
Miller enjoys bicycling, hiking, paddle sports, and an
occasional game of golf. He lives in Eastwood with Laura,
his wife of 37 years. Their daughter, Jessica, and
son-in-law Matthew Kelley live in Clarksville, Tennessee,
where Matt is a Methodist pastor. Jessica is an editor
with Abingdon Press in Nashville. During the memorable
January 2009 ice storm, the Millers’ first grandchild,
Katharine Barry Kelley, was born.
Councilman Jerry Miller was elected to the
Metro Council in
November 2010. He represents the suburban cities of
Anchorage, Blue Ridge Manor, Douglass Hills, Middletown,
and Woodland Hills as well as the neighborhoods of Ashmoore Woods, Beckley Woods, Berrytown, Copperfield,
Eastwood, Forest Springs, Foxgate, Griffytown, Lake
Forest, Locust Creek, Polo Fields and Willow Wood.
Phone Number: 502.574.1119