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Dale Miller

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 Cuyahoga County Council District 2

Dale MillerDale Miller supports honest, efficient, and transparent government at County Council. He is working to create positive conditions for job creation, to improve human services with a prevention focus, and help create career pathways for workers. He is particularly focused on developing effective local responses to four issues that have national and international significance—climate change, reducing the number of people incarcerated, opiate addiction, and strengthening democracy. Dale does his best to apply spiritual principles to public service, believing that government’s primary purposes are to support diversity and inclusion, to help everyone live a happy and prosperous life, and to especially help those who are at a disadvantage. He also believes that fair, respectful, inclusive, and democratic decision-making processes are important, in addition to the results achieved.

Dale is a 1967 graduate of Garfield Heights High School who went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utah. He also completed Leadership Cleveland in 1983.

Before entering politics, He worked as a program evaluator at a health center in North Platte, Nebraska, and a psychologist with the Community Guidance Center in Cleveland. He was elected to Cleveland City Council, and then served as a State Representative and State Senator. At Cleveland City Council, Dale helped bring the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center to Cleveland. In Columbus, he sponsored legislation that restored state funding for Adult Protective Services for seniors.

At County Council, Dale was the primary sponsor of legislation that established the rules under which Council operates and the process for reviewing contracts. He also was the prime sponsor of a series of ordinances that established the county’s financial policies and financial reporting requirements. He was the prime sponsor of several significant County Charter amendments, which were passed by the voters, including a major correction of the Board of Revision structure and a provision making the Inspector General a County Charter agency, with expanded tools including subpoena power and greater access to documents.

Dale has also been active on human services issues. He was the prime sponsor of legislation that provides assistance to low income seniors to obtain hearing aids and legislation that funds the ID Crisis Collaborative to assist very low income persons to obtain identification cards necessary to access available benefits. He served for six years as the first Chairperson of the four-county Great Lakes Regional Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council, operating under the new structure initiated by the Ohio Legislature in 2016.

Dale has been very active on environmental issues. He co-sponsored legislation to create the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability and legislation to ban single-use plastic bags. He was also instrumental in initiating and developing the county’s Climate Action Plan. In addition, he played a leadership role in ensuring that several clean energy and environmental improvement programs received funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Councilman Miller is the Chairperson of the Finance and Budgeting Committee and oversees the biennial budget process which allocates about $1.6 billion in funding per year. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Public Works, Procurement & Contracting Committee and serves on the following additional committees and boards:

Dale lives in the West Park area of Cleveland and has been married to his wife, Carol, for 37 years.


Contact Information

Cuyahoga County Council
2079 East 9th Street – 8th Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Office: 216/698-2011
Fax: 216/698-2040

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