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Harmon resigns

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jul 07, 2017
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Fairfield City Administrator Mike Harmon has announced his resignation.

Harmon’s last day will be Aug. 18. He has accepted a position as city administrator for the town of Spearfish, South Dakota, a town of about 11,000 people.

“My wife [Ashley] has family out there, and we feel that’s the best fit for our family at this time,” Harmon said.

Harmon has been Fairfield’s city administrator since February 2015. His move here was a coming-home party, since he graduated from Fairfield High School in 2000.

Harmon said he is very familiar with South Dakota, having lived there 10 years. He obtained a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Dakota, and later coordinated government community services in the state’s capital, Pierre.

“My time here in Fairfield has gone by quickly,” he said. “We’ve accomplished a great deal in the past 2.5 years. Fairfield is on a much stronger financial footing, and has great leadership at the council level.”

Harmon said the accomplishment he is most proud of is securing a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to help pay the cost of sewer repairs.

“The grant reduced our need to raise utility rates from 30 percent to only 10 percent over three years,” he said. “I’m glad to keep that financial pressure off our customers.”

Harmon was city administrator during the opening of the outdoor pool in 2015 and the Cambridge SportsPlex in 2016. He presided over several changes to the city’s financial policies and personnel policies, and the hiring of a new park and recreation director.

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