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Ocean City Names New City Manager

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Doug Miller is shown at a Wednesday morning special council meeting, where he was introduced as Ocean City's new city manager. (Photo: Ocean City official live stream) Doug Miller is shown at a Wednesday morning special council meeting, where he was introduced as Ocean City's new city manager. (Photo: Ocean City official live stream)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- After a national search that yielded dozens of applicants, the Ocean City Mayor and Council on Wednesday announced the appointment of Doug Miller as the new city manager. 

Miller will begin his position on Feb. 8, according to the council, which voted unanimously in favor of his appointment. 

Miller, who was introduced to the public during a news conference held Wednesday morning in the council chambers of City Hall, has served as city manager of Abderdeen, Md. since March 2006. Prior to that he served as the town manager of La Plata, Md. for 18 years, and before that, served as the town manager of Snow Hill, Md. 

According to Miller's online biography, he grew up in central Maryland spending his childhood in Howard County and spending his high school years in Anne Arundel County. He is a graduate of Roanoke College as well as the University of Baltimore where he received a graduate degree in public administration.

A credentialed manager with the International City and County Management Association, Miller has also served as president, vice president and secretary treasurer of the Maryland City and County Management Association, as well as several committees of the Maryland Municipal League.

Miller said he had a desire to return to the Eastern Shore and intends to use his prior experience and professional knowledge to return to where he started his municipal career. 

“I somewhat began my career in Ocean City, as then City Manager Tony Barrett and Kathy Mathias helped me break into the business,” Miller said.  “I have had the pleasure of working with many people from Ocean City in different capacities over the years and have always been impressed by their professional capability and attitude toward public service.  I’ve always had a special kindship to Ocean City and I’m thrilled to accept the unique opportunity to manage the needs of our residents and visitors.”

Ocean City Council President Lloyd Martin said of Miller's appointment, “Doug’s background made him the ideal choice for the position of city manager. He is familiar with Maryland government and has experience in both tourism and emergency management.  He has improved the financial position of each municipality he has worked and values customer service. We believe he will be a strong leader, a team player and we look forward to his arrival and the beginning of a bright new era in Ocean City.”

Miller replaces David Recor, who resigned in July 2015 after serving three years on the job. 

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