Fairfield Hires Former CFO as New City Manager

FAIRFIELD – Six months after leaving Fairfield, Scott Timmer returns as Managing Director.

The former CFO and deputy city manager is the candidate many Fairfield city council members wanted to hire last year, but the board has instead chosen to wait for the new council to arrive.

“Scott brings a strong financial background, in-depth knowledge of the city’s operations and a vision for the city’s future,” said City Councilor Leslie Besl, who took on the City Manager search earlier this month. -this.

Timmer said he is happy to return to the city, where he will fulfill a career goal: to become a city manager.

“I look forward to reconnecting with the Fairfield management team. I plan to meet with them when I arrive and work together to set our strategic priorities for 2022, ”said Timmer.

“They have a lot of important projects on the horizon and I am delighted to work with each of them to achieve our goals.”

Timmer left Fairfield last July to become deputy administrator for Butler County.

“I am absolutely delighted that Scott Timmer will lead the Town of Fairfield,” said Councilor Tim Abbott, who led Timmer’s hiring effort last year.

In his new role, Timmer, 34, will earn $ 165,000. He was given a three-year contract and started working on February 7.

“I wish Scott the best,” said Judi Boyko, Butler County Administrator.

“I wish we had more time to set our pace and together create an even more productive team with the staff. I am happy for him and his chance to realize his ambition.

Boyko said she would reassess the job and then start looking for Timmer’s replacement.

The 13-month journey to find a new city manager after Mark Wendling’s unexpected resignation on December 11, 2020, has not been easy for the city.

The only consistent figure has been Fire Chief Don Bennett who stepped in as Interim City Manager while continuing as Fire Chief. He didn’t want to be a city manager.

“We thank Acting City Manager Don Bennett and senior city officials for the good job they have done and will continue to provide on behalf of the city,” Besl said.

The city hired consultants to help find Wendling’s replacement, but did not interview any of the company’s top 11 candidates out of the 29 resumes it received. On two occasions, the search was interrupted.

“The council is confident that Scott will provide excellent leadership to the city for many years to come and provide full support to him and the city staff,” said Besl.

During the search, the city lost two deputy city directors. Dan Wendt resigned in January 2020 to become the CEO of Vandalia.

Timmer was promoted from CFO to Deputy CEO a week later. He was replaced by Jake Burton, who was appointed CFO. Timmer left five months later, leaving Bennett without an assistant.

Timmer started working for Fairfield as the city’s chief financial officer in 2016. Two years later, the Badin high school graduate was appointed chief financial officer.

He holds a BA from the University of Dayton and an MA from the Dominican University of Ohio, both in Business Administration.

Prior to joining Fairfield in 2016, Timmer spent six years in the United States Government as an accountant working for the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

He is the past president of the Greater Columbus branch of the Association of Government Accountants. He graduated from the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader program in 2012.