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Planning commission member seeking Ward 2 seat

An architect and six-year member of the Bay Village Planning Commission believes that experience should help open the door to a seat on City Council.

Clete Miller, who has served on the Planning Commission since 2005, said he is actively campaigning for the Ward 2 City Council seat being vacated by Paul Koomar at the end of the year. Koomar earlier this year announced his plans to seek the council president’s job since Brian Cruse is not seeking re-election to that post.

Miller said his candidacy for the Ward 2 seat is a natural progression of his interest in serving the community.

“I’ve really enjoyed serving on the Planning Commission,” he said. “It has given me a strong foundation to take my commitment to the city and its residents to the next level.”

Miller said he would not have sought the seat if Koomar had chosen to run for the Ward 2 seat again.

Ward 2 is an interesting mix, Miller said.

He said it is unique in Bay Village in that it contains most of the city’s businesses as well schools and family dwellings, adding that his professional experience translates well to Ward 2 as well. In addition to serving on the Planning Commission, Miller has been employed as a project manager for the architectural firm of Weber Murphy Fox since 1999.

Miller is a Pennsylvania native who relocated to Bay Village in 2002 to assist in expanding the firm’s Cleveland office.

“We immediately fell in love with Bay Village and settled here,” he said. “It’s such a unique close-knit community. I was raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. Bay has that small town character, a great location on the lake and proximity to the metropolitan culture. It’s a great place to raise a family.”

Miller lives on Wolf Road with his wife Becky and two children. He received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He also has served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a military policeman.

He said interested citizens can obtain more information or contact him at



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