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Miami Council Members Begin Search for New City Manager
By Felicia Lawrence
MIAMI, OK.--- The City of Miami is beginning its search to find a new city manager. This evening, the council approved a proposal from an outside consulting firm to assist the city in finding a new city manager. Strategic Government Resources is a consultant firm which specializes in improving local governments. Tonight, the firm presented a proposal to the Search Committee, that outlines a plan for selecting a city manager.
Altogether the search process is expected to take 90 days. The first step in the city's quest to find a new manager is to identify a profile of what they would like to see in a candidate. The first 30 days of the process will be used to actively recruit candidates and advertise the open position. During the next 30 days, the Search Committee will be reviewing candidates and their qualifications. The last month will be spent bringing candidates to Miami to interview with the city council.
"Our ultimate goal is to put a city manager here in place that will be qualified not only in terms of the technical aspects of the job, but also to be a good fit to the community," said Gary Holland, Strategic Government Resources.
The estimated cost of hiring the consultant is $15,000. Current City Manager Jeff Bishop says his resignation will become effective by December 31st of this year. However, there is a possibility he could leave sooner. That depends on whether or not he finds another job before the end of the year.