Utility/deputy clerk began his new job on Nov. 1

Photo by Chad Koenen
Joseph Miller began his new role as the utility/deputy clerk with the City of Henning on Nov. 1. He currently resides in Wadena and has a master’s degree in organizational management.

By Chad Koenen


Joseph Miller is a man of many jobs and passions. Not only does he have a wide variety of responsibilities as the new utility/deputy clerk for the City of Henning, but he also has a wide variety of life experiences that he feels could be helpful for his new position.

“I always wanted to use my educational background and experiences,” he said of his desire to enter the public sector. “Evertyhing changes everyday, which is cool.”

Miller officially began his new position on Nov. 1 and was selected to replace longtime utility/deputy clerk Jessica Strege after she resigned her position. He was chosen out of a pool of 20 candidates and has a background in legal research, settlement negotiations and analyzing data. 

Miller has a masters degree in organizational leadership. He also has  a bachelor’s degree in aviation administration with a minor in business administration. Prior to coming to the City of Henning, Miller worked at Walmart in Wadena for 1 1/2 years, after moving to the Wadena area from Chicago, Ill. 

During his time in Chicago he spent approximately 15 years investigating vehicle accidents for Enterprise National/Alamo. He also served as a polic officer and served in the United States Army Military Police Corp. While he enjoyed his time in Chicago, his wife and he were looking for a different place to raise their children, rather than the hustle and bustle of a big community. They had met at a mutual friends wedding in Wadena and quickly fell in love with the sites and sounds of central Minnesota.

They moved to the area in 2018 and have never looked back. 

“I love it up here, I should have done it years ago,” he said about moving to Minnesota. 

The family currently resides in Wadena and Miller said he is excited to meet the residents of Henning and be a part of the community.

“Everyone has been friendly,” he said of the people he has met so far.