Jeffrey Bishop has been offered appointment to the interim position of Acting City Manager after two joint meetings of the Miami City Council and Public Utilities Board held Tuesday and Wednesday.

The meetings, held in executive session, ended with the offered appointment which is subject to Bishops resignation from his current position as City Manger of Blanchard, Ok. and acceptance of his contract to be presented at the regular City Council meeting on April 2.

Bishop has expressed interest in applying for the permanent Miami City Manager position according to city officials.

The appointment offer was voted for unanimously by Mayor Kent Ketcher and all members of both the council and the board; Rudy Schultz, Scott Trussler, Terry Atkinson, John Dalgarn, Bobby Carder, Woody Painter, Bob Tyson, and Randy Wilkins.

Two other candidates were considered for the position; Miami's Fire Chief Ronnie Cline and NEO Adjunct Instructor, James Whisenant.

If the contract is approved Bishop will replace Miami's Interim City Manager Tim Wilson whose resignation takes affect April 5.

Bishop has been employed as the City Manger of Blanchard, Oklahoma since January of this year. Prior to that his experience has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay in Coos Bay, Oregon from 2005 to 2011. He also served from 2001 to 2005 as Manager of Industrial Development for the Port of Tacoma and from 1996 to 2001 as the Director of Properties and Development for the Port of Pasco in Washington.

Bishop was the City Administrator from 1995 to 1996 for the City of Jerome, Idaho;City Administrative Staff Analyst for the City of Seattle from 1994 to 1995; City Manager from March to July of 1994 for the City of Sulphur, Ok.; City Administrator for the City of Connell, Wa. from 1990 to 1994; from 1988 to 1990 was the City Administrator for the City of Lansing, Ks.; and was a Management Intern for the City of Nichols Hills, Ok from 1987 to 1988.

Bishop listed his education as; NEO A&M, Associate of Arts, 1984; Central State University in Edmond, , Bachelor of Arts in Municipal Management, 1987; and University of Oklahoma, 31(of 36) hours towards a Master of Public Administration Degree, 1987-88.

Bishop holds current memberships in City/County Management Association, City Management Association of Oklahoma, International Economic Development Association.