There are three finalists left in the running to be Miamiís new city manager. Miami hired Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to conduct the search after year-long Interim City Manager Tim Wilson announced his resignation, which took effect in April.

The firm said the national search attracted a strong candidate pool, and three contenders are now left standing: Jeffrey Bishop, who is currently residing as Miamiís acting city manager, Roger Nelson, and David Tillotson.

Jeffrey Bishop has been filling in for Miamiís city manager position since April. He had previously been hired as the City Manager of Blanchard, Oklahoma in January. Bishop has many years of local government experience under his belt including Chief Executive Officer of Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, Manager of Industrial Development for Port of Tacoma in Washington, and City Administrator for the City of Jerome, Idaho. Bishop has a Bachelor of Arts in Municipal Management from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma and completed 31 of 36 hours towards a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

Roger Nelson has been the city administrator for the City of Clyde, Texas since September 2009. He has also been Executive Director of Coleman Economic Development Corporation in Coleman, Texas. Nelson moved his way up from Assistant City Manager for the City of Grapevine to Acting City Manager, before becoming Grapevineís city manager. He was also the Assistant to the City Manager and later the City Manager in Warrensburg, Missouri. Nelson lists that he has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, Texas and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

David Tillotson is a credentialed manager for the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) and serves as the Assistant City Manager in Glenpool, Oklahoma. Prior to that, Tillotson took on multiple positions for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, starting as a deputy clerk, then a purchasing clerk, and ended his stint with Tulsa as an Administrative Captain in the Sheriffís office. Tillotson was also employed with Tulsa Community College and Oklahoma Wesleyan University as an adjunct instructor. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Business at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The remaining candidates will be presented to the Miami City Council and the Miami Utility Board.