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Posted on: June 23, 2021

McDonald named interim city administrator

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD – City Attorney Ashley McDonald was approved to take on the role of interim city administrator following the departure of Mike Harmon, who proffered his resignation recently and whose last day in the role will be July 16.

The Spearfish City Council approved the resolution to appoint an interim city administrator Monday. The resolution states the City is “desirous of efficient, effective, and responsive governmental operations (and) recognizes an orderly and timely transition of administrative authority and responsibility is necessary for the efficient, effective, and responsive operation of City government.”

“The Mayor and I both believe it’s important that we have a successful transition of both authority and responsibility,” Harmon said during a committee meeting, explaining that during the last transition between city administrators, Mayor Dana Boke filled the role in the interim. This time, she asked staff to look internally to fill the role.

After speaking with a number of department heads, Harmon said he felt McDonald is the best fit for the job, and she also has a position that the City can more easily fill through the private sector, utilizing legal services for contracts, etc.

“I have absolute confidence in Ms. McDonald’s abilities,” Mayor Boke said Monday.

The City Council unanimously approved the resolution.

McDonald’s interim role would be effective July 17, at a grade 27, step 1, ($62.79 per hour), until such time when a replacement is appointed/McDonald is relieved of duties as interim city administrator, when she would be reappointed as city attorney.

Harmon has served as the city administrator since September 2017.

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