Dan Miller was welcomed into office as the newest Adel City Council member Tuesday, July 10.

During its regular-scheduled meeting, the City Council interviewed three candidates for the position - Miller, Melissa Heikes and Angie Walker-Springer. The process was to replace former City Council member Mike Haynes, who moved outside Adel city limits.

Miller decided to submit an application for the position because he has enjoyed his time serving the Adel community in various leadership positions.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time living in Adel and giving back on the Parks committee and the Economic Development Commission,” Miller said. “I previously served as president for a board of homeowners association and had some great experiences there improving the community and explaining to the residents why things are done the way they are. I think there’s some opportunity here to continue to do that. I think that the council is headed in the right direction and I just want to be apart of it.”

Council member Shirley McAdon supported the appointment of Miller. She said she was looking for a person that has background in finance and someone who will bring a new dimension to the council through having a young family. And Miller fit those categories.

However, even though Miller was appointed to the council, there is still a possibility for citizens to petition for a special election. Miller said if that was the case, he would run for election.

While serving on the council, Miller wants to improve communication between the Adel City Council and community residents.

He especially would like to develop more communication with residents on the issues of the divide between people who are new to the community and people who have been in Adel for a long time; the growth of city limits and why the council might want to annex city limits; and to ensure the residents understand the town’s strategic vision going forward.

Miller is looking forward to his time serving as an Adel City Council member and to improving the community.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity and appreciate the council’s support,” Miller said.

In other news:

Adel Mayor Jim Peters presented three individuals with certificates of appreciation.

- Mike Haynes, former city council member, was awarded a certificate for Outgoing Council Member.

- Anthony Brown, city administrator, was awarded a certificate for five years of service.

- Wade Book, police lieutenant, was also awarded a certificate for five years of service.

The next Adel City Council meeting will be 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Adel City Hall.