by Louise R. SHAW
FARMINGTON—After almost eight years managing the growth and controversies in Farmington, Dave Millheim has announced he will retire as city administrator at the end of the calendar year.
“I haven’t slept in eight years,” he quipped. “I’m looking forward to a long nap.”
Millheim announced in an email that the search for a replacement is now open and applications will be accepted until Aug. 31. A national search is underway, and applications have come in from both the east and the west coasts, he said.
At the behest of the city council, Millheim said he will stay to the end of the year to “wrap up a few projects” and make “a really clean transition.”
Those projects include managing final negotiations with UDOT related to its West Davis Corridor plans through Farmington, the connector road between Kaysville and Farmington, and the infrastructure for the business spark, among others.
Working as city administrator is a 24/7 job, he said.
“You’re never really off,” he said. “This is really something I’ve enjoyed doing, but it’s worn me out.”
“I have a lot of respect for the staff, the mayor and the council here,” he said. “I feel very privileged to have done this job. This is a great place. There are really good people here, but this job is not for the faint of heart. You have to say no, you have to set priorities, you have to enforce laws.”
Farmington mayor Jim Talbot said Millheim has been “exactly what Farmington needed, with the vision to help the city move forward.”
“He has had a very, very profound, positive effect on the city,” said Talbot, who was a member of the city council when Millheim was offered the job of city administrator. “I’m going to miss him dearly.”
Millheim and his wife, Nicole, plan to do some traveling after his retirement, and he hopes to have more time for his grandchildren and for volunteer work.
He loves leading tours at the Utah Capitol, he said, and hopes to fill an LDS mission with his wife.
One thing won’t change, and that is his home base in Farmington.
“I’m very vested here,” he said. “I love this town. It’s a great town. I feel I had a small part of its success and I want to see it continue.”