Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent Kim Miller will lead the board into the next decade, thanks to a five-year extension of his contract on Dec. 6.

Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent Kim Miller will lead the board into the next decade, thanks to a five-year extension of his contract on Dec. 6.

The UCBDD approved an extension of Miller's contract, beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2016, at a special board meeting, according to Carol Scheiderer, executive assistant to the superintendent.

Miller said he is looking forward to serving in the years to come.

"We have worked hard and set the bar high," he said. "I am excited about our future opportunities to improve and enhance our services. Our dreams are aggressive, outside the box and have created a great deal of excitement."

Voicing his support for the contract extension, board president Steve Streng said Miller is a man who gets results.

"The mission statement of the UCBDD is to ensure services and supports are available for eligible individuals," Streng said. "The support structure of this mission statement is our core values; excellence, customer-driven collaboration, integrity and stewardship.

"Superintendent Miller has consistently delivered positive measurable results against our core values, which allows the UCBDD to breathe life into our statement of mission today, and the foreseeable future," he said.

"We believe this contract establishes the stability we need to successfully address our future."

The Dec. 6 meeting was also the culmination of decades of service for Streng and board member Bruce Davis, both of whom have reached the legal limit of 12 consecutive years serving on the board.

Davis said that while he has had no direct connection with the program, he is proud to have served on a board that is dedicated to improving the lives of those with developmental disabilities.

"It was the right thing to do," Davis said. "It is about giving back and helping others."

Streng predicted a bright future for the board.

"There is no greater honor than to speak for those who can't speak for themselves," he said. "The best days are still ahead for this board."

Miller voiced his admiration for the decades of service the two board members gave to the community.

"I cannot begin to state the amount of respect I have for these two gentlemen," Miller said. "I challenge both of you to do more. Although you are no longer a board member, your voice can mean so much more working outside the system, and we look forward to hearing from you."

The board's next regular meeting is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Harold Lewis Center, 1280 Charles Lane, Marysville. Information about the board's services can be found online at www.ucbdd.org.