Whitefish city manager abruptly resigns

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City Manager Adam Hammatt at Whitefish City Hall in 2018.

Whitefish City Manager Adam Hammatt has resigned from his position with the city.

Mayor John Muhlfeld announced Hammatt’s departure in a press release Friday evening, but gave no details as to the reason behind the seemingly unexpected resignation.

Muhlfeld said they “wish Mr. Hammatt success in his future endeavors and thank him for his dedicated service to advancing the goals of the city.”

In February 2017, Hammatt joined the city of Whitefish in its top administrative position. A graduate of C. M. Russell High School in Great Falls, Hammatt has made a career of working in municipal management serving as village administrator in Kimberly, Wisconsin, prior to moving to Whitefish.

Hammatt’s resignation appears to be effective immediately.

Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Dana Smith will take over as acting city manager, according to the release. The City Council is set to consider appointing Smith as interim city manager at its next meeting at 7:10 p.m. Sept. 16 at City Hall.

“Smith has a strong municipal and financial background and the city believes she is an excellent choice to serve in this interim role,” Muhlfeld said in a statement. Smith joined the city in July 2014 as finance director, previously working as an auditor in the private sector. In August 2018 she was promoted to the dual role of assistant city manager and finance director.

Whitefish Pilot Editor Heidi Desch can be reached at editor@whitefishpilot.com.

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