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Elko District Office
Release Date: 01/04/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-017

Elko District says farewell to District Manager Ken Miller

ELKO, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District Office will say farewell to District Manager, Kenneth E. Miller, Jan. 3, 2013 when he retires after 35 years of federal service.


Ken has been the District Manager for Elko since July 2007, but began his BLM career in 1980 as a soil scientist in Ely. He moved to the Las Vegas District Office in 1985 before going on active duty in 1987 with the Nevada Army National Guard in Elko. He served on active duty until August 1991.  


After four years with the Army Guard, he moved to Salmon, Idaho again with BLM. He worked as an administrative officer and then as a natural resource specialist.  In 2000, he went to the Idaho State Office to serve as Idaho BLM’s Budget Officer.  In 2005, he was selected as the field manager for Burley, Idaho before his selection as the District Manager in Elko.


Ken and his wife Marlene have two daughters, Jesse and Shannon. 


"Retiring from being the Elko District Manager was a tough decision,” said Miller. “We have a number of challenging issues to address and a great bunch of passionate citizens to work with. But, my wife, Marlene, and I have some other things we want to work at and have decided not to put them off any longer. Working with Elko BLM specialists and managers and the people of Northeast Nevada has been an experience I will always cherish.”


Ken intends to stay in the Elko area for the near future and looks forward to seeing Jill Silvey, the newly selected Elko District Manager, step in behind him. Jill is currently the field manager of the Salt Lake Field Office

She is a native of New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University, earning degrees in Fisheries Science and Wildlife Science.  Jill will report to Elko Feb. 24. An acting District Manager will be appointed to serve in the interim.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 01-28-2013