There's a job opening in the Tucson City Manager's Office.

Deputy City Manager Liz Miller, who came out of retirement two years ago at the request of then-new City Manager Richard Miranda, submitted her resignation last week.

In her letter, Miller listed a desire to spend more time with her family as the reason for walking away from her approximately $166,000-a-year position.

Miller retired from the city as assistant city manager in 2008. But Miranda persuaded her to return in October 2011, after he was appointed interim manager.

Over the past 19 months, Miller indicated, she felt she accomplished what Miranda wanted from her.

"I believe I have helped build stability and a renewed sense of connection within the organization," Miller wrote in her resignation letter. "There are many worthy goals and ideas being articulated for the present and future of Tucson. It is my great hope that the city's policymakers and staff and stakeholders can come together to fulfill their respective roles thoughtfully and respectfully in order to achieve real progress and long-lasting good."

Miranda said Miller's departure is loss for the city.

"Without a doubt, (Miller) has been a role model for all and she has contributed greatly to the mission of enhancing the quality of life of our community," Miranda wrote in a memo.

Miranda has not made a decision on a replacement.

Miller's last day is May 31.

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