BOUNTIFUL -- Longtime City Manager Tom Hardy will not return to his old post once he completes his LDS mission.
Mayor Joe Johnson and the city council publicly announced their intention to recruit a city manager effective immediately.
They hope to have someone in the position by January, according to an announcement released Monday. City Attorney Rusty Mahan has been serving as interim city manager since Hardy's Feb. 13 departure.
The council had left open the possibility of Hardy returning to his post after his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission, with Mahan filling in until then.
But Johnson said he and the council have decided it's time to move on to a more permanent solution. Johnson said he contacted Hardy about the decision.
The city will advertise for the position with a Nov. 7 closing date. It is anticipated a selection will be made no later than Dec. 11, and the hope is to have a new city manager in place no later than Jan. 21.