Jon Bisher is the City Manager for Napoleon, a charter city that has adopted the Council/Manager form of government. Jon has held the Manager position since February of 1998. Prior to this he was Executive Director of the Henry County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), a nonprofit corporation that does economic development for Henry County and Napoleon. Before his retirement, Lt Col Bisher was an active duty Air Force officer who served over 20 years. His last military assignment, Bisher taught military history for four years at Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green, he served as the chair of the Aerospace Studies Department and as the AFROTC Detachment Commander.
His prior military assignments included being the U.S. Air Forces’ Chief of B-52 Pilot Academics, and that training school’s lead B-52 flight line instructor. Jon is a rated command bomber pilot with over 5,000 flight hours and over 100 missions flown in the Vietnam conflict. He was awarded the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his combat flying.
A Napoleon High School graduate, Jon received his BA degree in Pulp and Paper Engineering from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and his Masters in Education Administration from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. Additionally, Jon holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He has completed the Ohio Basic Economic Development Course and is a certified Economic Development Financial Planner through the National Development Council seminar program. He is a past president of Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development (NORED) Association, a past chair of the board of trustees of Northwest State Community College, and is a current member of the board of trustees of the Henry County Senior Center. A fourth generation native of Henry County, Jon has lived in Napoleon with his wife Kathryn since 1985. They have four grown sons.