FAIRFIELD – Six months after leaving Fairfield, Scott Timmer is back as City Manager.
The former chief financial officer and assistant city manager is the candidate many Fairfield City Council members wanted last year, but the board chose instead to wait until the new council joined.
“Scott brings a solid financial background, a wealth of knowledge of city operations, and a vision for the city’s future,” said councilwoman Leslie Bissell, who took over the search for city manager earlier this month.
Temer said he is happy to be back in the city, where he will achieve a career goal: to become a city manager.
“I look forward to reconnecting with the Fairfield leadership team. I plan to meet (they) 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’m excited to work with all of them to achieve our goals.”
Timmer left Fairfield last July to become the assistant county manager for Butler County.
“I am very excited that Scott Timmer will lead the city of Fairfield,” said council member Tim Abbott, who led the efforts to appoint Timmer last year.
In his new role, Timmer, 34, will earn $165,000. He was awarded a three-year contract and began working on February 7.
“I hope Scott is the best ever,” said Butler County Sheriff Jodi Boyko.
“I wish we had more time to establish our rhythm and create a more productive team with the employees. I am happy for him and the opportunity to realize his ambition.”
Boyko said she would reassess the situation and then start looking for a replacement for Temer.
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 was Fire Chief Don Bennett who took over as acting city manager while continuing as the fire chief. He didn’t want to be the city manager.
“We thank Acting City Manager Don Bennett and senior city employees for the wonderful work they have done and we will continue to do on behalf of the city,” Bissell said.
The city hired consultants to help find Wendling’s replacement but did not meet any of the company’s 11 best candidates from the 29 appeals it received. Twice, the search paused.
“The board is confident that Scott will provide excellent leadership to the city for many years to come and extend its full support to him and city employees,” Bissell said.
During the search, the city lost two assistant city managers. Dan Wendt resigned in January 2020 to become Vandalia City Manager.
Timmer was promoted from chief financial officer to assistant city manager a week later. He was replaced by Jake Burton, who was appointed CFO. Timmer left after five months, leaving Bennett without an assistant.
Timmer began working at Fairfield as the city’s director of financial services in 2016. Two years later, the Badin High School graduate was appointed chief financial officer.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree from Ohio Dominican University – both in business administration.
Prior to joining Fairfield in 2016, Timmer spent six years with the US 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 chapter of the Society of Government Accountants. Graduated from the Civil Defense Emerging Leader Program in 2012.