Miller says he plans to keep USF job while serving as Hillsborough County Commissioner
Hillsborough County Commissioner-elect Les Miller says he plans to keep a full-time job at the University of South Florida after he is sworn into office Tuesday.
Miller, a Democrat and former state legislator, said he has managed to balance outside work and his responsibilities as an elected official in the past. Given that both jobs are now in Tampa, he said he doesn't see a problem.
"I believe the constituency got everything they rightly deserved," Miller said of the quality of his public service while holding down an outside job and elected office.
Miller is paid $96,500 as student ombudsman and public liaison at USF, reporting to the school's president. He will also make about $92,000 as a commissioner. He said he will work closely with the county attorney to ensure he avoids conflicts between his two roles.
Other commissioners have expressed a need to at least scale back outside work after getting elected, such can be the demands of the job. In recent months, an outside position held by departing Commissioner Jim Norman with the Salvation Army came under scrutiny, with charity donors questioning what he could possibly be doing to earn a $95,000 salary on top of his Commission pay.