Gary Milliman is the quiet hero in the recovery of South Gate, a city teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Working with a demoralized staff, he gradually restored financial stability, professional standards and technical competency. He attracted smart and able advisors and informal contributors that brought remarkably sophisticated assistance to a community in dire need. He continues to perform exemplary service in his trademark low-key, collaborative style.
It is hard to find management talent when coupled with consistent integrity and leadership. Gary Milliman makes that elusive combination look simple and, as a result, he is a hallmark example of the best public service has to offer.