New Fairfield finance director hired from the city’s ranks

Scott Timmer
Scott Timmer

Scott Timmer has been promoted to finance director for the city, some six weeks after the job was vacated.

Timmer, 31, was hired to be the city’s financial services manager until he was promoted last week to succeed former finance director Mary Hopton, who left for a similar position with Great Parks of Hamilton County. Timmer had served as the city’s interim finance director and was one of 24 who applied for the job. He was one of three interviewed.

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“I’ve found him to be very proactive, very progressive,” said Fairfield City Manager Mark Wendling of Timmer’s two-year tenure with Fairfield.

“He’s got a lot of great ideas of how we really enhance our services that come out of the finance department, such as utility billing and work toward some online payment functions in the income tax division,” Wendling said.

Equally important, Wendling said, was Timmer “has commanded the respect of the staff of the finance department as well as throughout the city.”

“During the short interim period, he really did a great job. That occurred just as we started in the budget process, and he’s handled that very well. He’s not missed a beat,” he said.

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Timmer’s first day as finance director was Sept. 10. He will earn $100,006 a year. He was making $84,260 as the city’s financial services manager.

The job was something Timmer said he had aspired to achieve.

“It was a position I talked about during the interviewing process for financial services manager,” Timmer said. “It’s one I’ve looked at really since I graduated from the University of Dayton.”

Timmer, who lives in Hamilton, is a 2006 Badin graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UD and an MBA with a focus in public administration from Ohio Dominican.

Timmer had worked for the Department of Defense in Columbus and at the Dayton VA before moving back to his hometown in 2016 and working for the city of Fairfield.

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“I had grown up in this area and targeted communities I wanted to be a part of, and Fairfield was absolutely one of those,” said Timmer, who is looking to relocate from Hamilton to Fairfield.

Timmer is the seventh senior staff member hired by the city since 2015. All but two had retired from their positions — Hopton and former assistant city manager Greg Preece, left his position as assistant city manager earlier this year for a job in California.

Timmer is also the third department head to start this month.

New assistant city manager Daniel Wendt and new parks director Tiphanie Howard began last week. Wendt replaced Preece while Howard replaced Jim Bell, who retired in April.

Since 2015, Public Utilities Director Adam Sackenheim, Development Services Director Greg Kathman and Police Chief Steve Maynard were all hired after their predecessors retired.