A former electric cooperative general manager is coming out of retirement to serve the city of Miami, according to a statement released Monday by the City of Miami.

David Rountree will join the city staff this week as the utility electric manager, assuming the responsibilities of utility supervisor David Matthews who will retire Dec. 31.

Matthews' retirement comes after 43 years of service to the city.

“David Rountree is a good fit for our organization at this time,” city manager Huey P. Long said. “His extensive experience will continue our electric system's longstanding tradition of providing excellent service.”

Rountree retired from Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative in 2005 after 33 years of service there.

The Langly resident said he looks forward to the challenge of getting back into the work force and is pleased to follow in the footsteps of Matthews.

“I was really surprised to see that Dave Matthews was retiring after his many years of service,” Rountree said. “Knowing how the electric utility department was run and taking care of the needs of the citizens of the City of Miami, I felt that I wanted to be part of this team and continue on with this great tradition.

Assistant City Manager Tim Wilson said he is “excited to bring David to our organization. We are fortunate to employ a person with his credentials and knowledge.”

Long said Rountree's hiring concludes a nationwide search that drew nine applicants - four of which were internal requests for consideration.

Rountree will be paid $76,000 annually and will be placed on the payroll Thursday.