Dean Kruithof has been named as Miami’s new city manager. City officials made the announcement Tuesday.
Kruithof brings more than 30 years of government management experience to Miami including a stint as city administrator for the City of Branson, MO. Kruithof said he comes prepared to tackle the challenges facing Miami in the areas of economic and community development and plans to place an emphasis on public participation in the process of designing future growth.
“We believe that Dean’s experience, positive attitude, and willingness to work hard to move our community forward make him a great choice,” Miami Mayor Rudy Schultz said. “It will take him a few weeks to get relocated and settled in, but after that you can expect to see him out and about and very engaged in the community.”
Prior to his employment with the City of Branson, Kruithof served as deputy city administrator for the City of Fort Smith, Ark., where he led a cooperative transfer of 8000 acres to Fort Smith which had the immediate ability to facilitate development.
Kruithof’s appointment follows a four-month competitive process that began with a nationwide call for qualified applicants. A search committee -- mandated by the city charter and comprised of two city council members, two utility board members, and two community members -- considered more than 50 applicants before submitting its top recommendations to the council. Ultimately, finalists were invited to Miami to participate in a weekend of touring the city, staff and community introductions, and interviews.
It will be a homecoming for Dean Kruithof as he is a 1975 graduate of Miami High School. He went on to graduate from Northeast Oklahoma A&M College and Oklahoma State University. Kruithof holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science.
“Having completed a very thorough and competitive hiring process, the City Council and Utility Board are very happy to announce the hiring of Dean Kruithof as Miami’s City Manager,” Schultz said. “In addition to Dean’s 25-plus years of experience in municipal government he is also a former Miamian, and it was clear throughout the interview process that Dean had a genuine desire to return to his hometown and to become an integral part of the community.”
Cynthia Kruithof is the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Arvest Bankgroup in Bentonville, Ark. The couple have an adult son currently living in Edmond, OK.
Contact: Kristi McClain, Economic Development/Human Resources Director
City of Miami