The search is over for a new city administrator for Bishop.
The Bishop City Council voted unanimously in closed session on Monday to appoint Interim City Administrator Keith Caldwell to the official administrator position.
The City Council approved a new five-year City Administrator/City Clerk Employment Agreement. Under that agreement, Caldwell will be paid a salary of $135,000 per year without any built-in increases which results in a net savings to the city. Caldwell will also continue to perform the functions of community services director.
“The decision to take ‘interim’ out of Keith’s title was an easy one,” said Mayor Laura Smith in a press release. “The City Council is unanimously happy to move Keith into the city administrator position. The entire council feels very confident in his ability to do a great job for the city.”
In response to his appointment, Caldwell said, “I appreciate the opportunity to serve as city administrator for the citizens of Bishop. It is a privilege and honor to work alongside a very dedicated and committed staff as we strive to become a model city for the future.”
Caldwell came to Bishop on June 11, 2007, as community services director. He served in that position until Aug. 22, 2011, when he was appointed interim city administrator/community services director following the departure of Jim Southworth earlier that month.
During his time as interim administrator and community services director, Caldwell has been instrumental in creating new and more activities in the Bishop City Park by sponsoring movie nights, holiday gatherings and city-sponsored sporting events.
When he came on board with the city, Caldwell said he wanted to make the park more of a city center, where residents can gather for various events and enjoy the company of their neighbors.
Caldwell has also been on board with city plans to expand the park and create the Bishop dog park and other attractions.
Before he came to Bishop, Caldwell served as athletic division administrator in Athens Clark County, Ga. Caldwell was also the statewide program director for the U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund, Inc.