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Fairfield to hire firm to help find city administrator

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Jul 20, 2017

During a special meeting July 17, Fairfield City Council members decided to retain the services of Pat Callahan of Callahan Municipal Consultants to coordinate the city administrator search process.

This comes after the current city administrator, Mike Harmon, announced his resignation earlier this month. Harmon’s last day with the city of Fairfield is Aug. 18.

Harmon accepted a role as the city administrator for the town of Spearfish, South Dakota.

“The news that stopped all of us, and our hearts skipped a beat late last week, when we learned that our city administrator is going to be taking another position,” Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy told council members during a meeting on July 10. “We are all sorry that we’re going to lose you at this time.”

During the meeting, Malloy told council members they needed to think about their next steps.

In 2014, the city retained Callahan Municipal Consultants to assist with the candidate search process when Harmon was hired.

“We did use Pat effectively last time ...” Malloy said, adding that he wanted to know the opinions of other council members about retaining Callahan’s services again.

Malloy said that Callahan was currently working on a project in Bloomfield, but that he would return to Fairfield in August.

“He would be very interested in working with the city [again],” Malloy said.

Council member Doug Flournoy said that hiring Callahan “was my first thought.”

Council member Martha Rassmussen agreed, and said that the city had tried to do it other ways, but that she felt “strongly” about using Callahan. She said that Callahan’s process was “advantageous” to the city.

Callahan submitted a proposal, and the council discussed it July 17 during the special meeting.

“He gave us a proposal, and he was available by phone if needed,” Harmon said during an interview today. “The council was very comfortable with using him since they had three years ago. The council moved forward with the proposal and retained him.”

Harmon, called Callahan’s process “smooth and comprehensive.”

“Candidates had a chance to meet residents of the community, city council members, and the leadership team after the day-and-a- half interview process,” Harmon said. ”You got a chance to see Fairfield, and get a feel for the community and the people you would be working with; I think the process was very smooth and comprehensive.”

 

 

 

 

 

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