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Fairfield hires former finance director as new city manager

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 6 days ago Sue Kiesewetter
a man wearing a suit and tie: Scott Timmer is the new Fairfield city manager © Provided Scott Timmer is the new Fairfield city manager

FAIRFIELD – Six months after leaving Fairfield, Scott Timmer is returning as its city manager.

The former finance director and assistant city manager is the candidate many on Fairfield City Council wanted to hire last year but the governing board instead opted to wait until the new council came on board.

“Scott brings a strong financial background, a wealth of knowledge of the operations of the city and a vision for the future of the city,’’ said Councilwoman Leslie Besl, who took over the city manager search earlier this month.

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Timmer said he is happy to be returning to the city, where he will fill a career goal: becoming a city manager.

“I look forward to reconnecting with the Fairfield leadership team. I plan to meet with (them) upon arrival and collaborate to define our strategic priorities for 2022,’’ Timmer said.

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

Timmer left Fairfield last July to become Butler County’s assistant county administrator.

“I am absolutely thrilled Scott Timmer will be leading the city of Fairfield,’’ said Councilman Tim Abbott, who lead the effort to hire Timmer last year.

In his new role Timmer, 34, will earn $165,000. He received a three-year contract and begins work Feb. 7.

“I wish Scott the absolute best,’’ said Judi Boyko, Butler County administrator.


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“I wish we had more time to establish our rhythm and create together an even more productive team with the staff. I’m happy for him and his chance to actualize his ambition.”

Boyko said she would reassess the position and then begin a search for Timmer’s replacement.

The 13-month journey to find a new city manager after Mark Wendling unexpectedly resigned Dec. 11, 2020, has not been easy for the city.

The one consistent figure has been fire Chief Don Bennett who stepped in as acting city manager while continuing as fire chief. He did not want to be city manager.

“We thank acting city manager Don Bennett and senior staff of the city for the fine work they have and will continue to provide on behalf of the city,’’ Besl said.

The city hired consultants to help in the search for Wendling’s replacement but did not interview any of the firm’s top 11 candidates from 29 resumes it received. Twice, the search was paused.

 “Council is confident that Scott will provide excellent leadership of the city for many years in the future and offers its full support to him and city staff,” Besl said.

During the search, the city lost two assistant city managers. Dan Wendt resigned in January 2020 to become Vandalia’s city manager.

Timmer was promoted from finance director to assistant city manager a week later. He was replaced by Jake Burton, who was named finance director. Timmer left five months later, leaving Bennett without an assistant.

Timmer began working for Fairfield as the city’s financial services manager in 2016. Two years later the Badin High School graduate was named finance director.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and a master’s from Ohio Dominican University – both in business administration.

Before joining Fairfield in 2016, Timmer spent six years with the United States government as an accountant working for the departments of defense, veterans affairs and the environmental protection agency.

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

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