After a runoff election and a recount, Connie Boyer was elected mayor of Fairfield in December. During a Fairfield City Council meeting Jan. 2, Mayor Ed Malloy officially passed the torch to Boyer, swearing her in as the city’s new mayor.
Though Boyer was previously on the Fairfield City Council and has been an active member of the community for decades, The Union gave her a chance to introduce herself to those who don’t know her, to talk about her background and hobbies, and what she hopes to accomplish as mayor.
1) Can you tell us about your background, such as where you grew up, where you went to school, and how long you’ve lived in Fairfield?
I grew up in Fairfield, am sixth generation on my father’s side to live in Jefferson County. I graduated from Fairfield High School, attended Iowa Wesleyan College, then attended University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking and Financial Manager’s School. I’ve lived most of my life in Fairfield.
2) Can you tell us about your family, such as your parents, siblings, spouse and/or children?
My husband, Bob, is a Clinical Psychologist, professor and author of seven books and numerous published papers. My father, Bob Harrison and mother, Sylvia Harrison, both attended Parsons College. My father worked for Louden Machinery and played trumpet in the Fairfield Dixieland Band. I have two older brothers, Doug and Dave and a younger sister, Cindy. My children, Heidi Fulsaas and Jennifer Slagel (twins) are both married with three and two children, respectively. Heidi and her family live in Farmington, Minnesota, and Jennifer and her family live in Washington, Iowa.
3) What sort of activities are you involved in?
I worked in banking for over 30 years, most of that time spent at Iowa State Bank. I am currently involved with Rotary, am PEO Chapter MB Secretary, board member of the Fairfield Library Foundation and a current member of the First Lutheran Church. I have been involved with several other organizations in the past: Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield Chamber Christmas Committee, Fairfield Women’s Club, Order of Eastern Star, and Fairfield Cultural Alliance. My husband and I also own Seven Roses Inn Bed and Breakfast.
4) What motivated you to run for mayor?
I have considered running for mayor for several years. I enjoyed my time on Fairfield City Council in the past and enjoyed serving as Mayor Pro-Tem. I have been encouraged over the last several years to run by several citizens including Mayor Ed Malloy. I enjoy being a part of government, giving back and making a difference in our community.
5) Since learning of your election in November, how have you been preparing for your new role?
Since I have been thinking the last few years of running for mayor, I have tried to keep up on the city’s business by watching the meetings on public access, reading newspaper articles and attending meetings. That turned out to be a good move, since my time has been short between being elected and being sworn in on Jan. 2nd. I have had meetings with Mayor Malloy and other city employees to fill in more current details.
6) What do you hope to accomplish during your tenure as mayor?
I hope to help solve some bigger issues Fairfield faces, such as street improvements, housing, and illegal drugs coming into our community. I hope we can create the foundation for Fairfield population growth and get the volunteer center back up and running which, if successful, will have far-reaching impacts to our community. I hope I can inspire our citizens to also give back to our community through their time, talents and financial resources to make our community foundations and organizations financially stable.