BOUNTIFUL -- One of the state's senior city executives has announced his retirement.
Tom Hardy, Bountiful's city manager for the past 31 years, announced his resignation Monday morning in a meeting of city staff that included members of the city council.
Hardy is expected to step down Feb. 13, 2012.
He and his wife, Ann, have accepted a call from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve in the Washington D.C. North Mission, where they are expected to serve in the church's visitor center at the Washington D.C. Temple, in Kensington, Md.
Mayor Joe Johnson said Hardy will be difficult to replace.
He praised Hardy for his ability to manage city finances and his ability to lead without micromanaging, but still be persuasive with city officials on key issues.
Johnson said, "It's like replacing a great coach, you just don't do it overnight."