– Yelm Mayor Ron Harding resigns
Mayor Harding provided the following statement with city staff, the public document shared with the Yelm Community Blog:
It’s with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation from my position of mayor for the city of Yelm. I have accepted a position as a city administrator in another community and will be required to relinquish my position as mayor to be able to fulfill that commitment. My resignation will be effective Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. [Editor’s note: The City Council meeting begins that day at 6pm.]
I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished together over the past eleven years and I leave with confidence that city staff will continue to serve our residents well. As I look back on these accomplishments, I am still amazed at not only the amenities our city provides but the level of services we maintain for a community of our size and the adversities we have overcome throughout this period.
Although my transition time will be fairly short, a process will be in place to ensure a stable transition for the next mayor.
Yelm has been my home for my entire life. To say that I feel personally invested in this community and the people who live here is an understatement. It has been a wonderful honor to serve as mayor and watch Yelm grow, develop, and transform into something new while still preserving the traditions and history at the heart of our community.
While I am sad to leave my position with the city of Yelm, I am equally excited about this new opportunity for myself and my family and am excited to discover a new chapter in my life. I want to express my sincere appreciation for the friends, family, city staff, and citizens who have made my time here truly remarkable.
The Yelm Community Blog wishes Mr. Harding well in his new endeavors.
Mr. Harding has reportedly accepted the City Manager position in Sweet Home, Oregon, near Eugene, a job paid “up to $8,500 monthly” to serve “under the direction of the Mayor and the City Council.”
CORRECTION: Harding will become the City Administrator in Aumsville, Or.
A brief history of the 10 1/2 years of Mayor Harding’s legacy in Yelm will be published here soon.