Fairfield City Administrator Mike Harmon Resigns

Family considerations have compelled Fairfield City Administrator Mike Harmon to announce his resignation. Harmon, Fairfield’s fourth City Administrator, assumed the post in February 2015 as Moody’s Investors Service was preparing to downgrade Fairfield’s credit rating.
High operating deficits and depleted general fund reserves, expected short term debt to finance improvements to the recreation center, and plans to draw down enterprise fund cash balances for necessary sewer system upgrades reflected an increasingly negative outlook and made Harmon’s job an unenviable one. Under his leadership, in just over a year, Moody’s reevaluated the city’s credit rating returning it back to Baa2 with a positive outlook. Harmon’s insistence on fiscal responsibility and has helped the city to increase general fund reserves and put the city back on track to financial stability. Harmon has instituted several policy and departmental changes during his tenure that, according to Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, will continue to serve Fairfield well into the future.
Harmon, a native of Fairfield and a graduate of Fairfield High School, will be taking his talents to Spearfish, South Dakota, where he will take on the role of City Administrator.
Harmon expressed his gratitude to the city and the residents of Fairfield for the opportunities presented to him and his family, adding, he’s grateful for the many friendships, both professional and personal, that he’s enjoyed.
Harmon’s resignation is effective as of August 18th.
The City of Fairfield now begins its search for its next City Administrator.