Tom Hardy - 2018 Bountiful Handcart Days Parade Grand Marshal

Tom Hardy - 2018 Parade Grand Marshal

Thomas R. Hardy, this year's parade grand marshal, was born in Salt Lake City in 1948, but grew up in Michigan, Provo, and Orem, graduating from Orem High School as a Sterling Scholar and National Merit Scholar in 1966.  After serving a 27-month mission to Guatemala and El Salvador, he returned to BYU, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1971, graduating summa cum laude, and valedictorian in the college of Social Science.  He then obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in finance and budgeting.

Tom began his professional career as an intern in the State Budget Office, and then served as a financial analyst for Tallahassee, Florida, an Assistant to the City Manager in Scottsdale, Arizona, Assistant City Manager of Buena Park, California, and City Manager of Ontario, Oregon.  He was hired as Bountiful's City Manager in 1980, and served as city manager until 2012, when he and his wife Ann were called to serve in the Washington, D.C. North Mission.

Tom is most proud of the team effort that the mayors, councilmembers, and city employees formed during his 31+ years as manager.  Major decisions included being the first city along with Wasatch Front to implement mechanized refuse collection; the decision to be the only city in Davis County not to join the solid waste district, and the decision to maintain the city's landfill.  These decisions resulted in the savings of over $20 million to Bountiful citizens during his tenure, and continued savings to this day.  The decision to downsize the Intermountain Power Project and to negotiate a provision allowing Bountiful to lay off its capacity in the plant except when needed resulted in $50+ million in savings to Bountiful citizens in electric rates.  The decision to negotiate a sale of its sanitary sewer system to the South Davis Sewer District has saved Bountiful citizens millions of dollars in improved efficiencies.  The first remote-controlled water treatment plant was built up Mueller Park, serving almost 20% of Bountiful's culinary water needs at very low rates.  A new public safety building, a new streets and parks building, a new water building, and two new parks were built during this time.  With the cooperation and consent of the other South Davis cities, a new recreation center was constructed and a district formed to share in the cost of its construction and operation.  The South Davis Fire District merged with the Bountiful City fire department, and the paramedic service was transferred from the Sheriff's office to the newly formed South Davis Fire Agency.  When Tom retired Bountiful City had the lowest taxes and utility rates of any city in the State, and he was recognized by the Utah Taxpayers Association as the Public Official of the year for these efforts.  This was done while maintaining Bountiful's infrastructure of roads, buildings, parks, golf course, cemetery, landfill, and other facilities in outstanding condition.  Bountiful had 220 full-time employees when he began as city manager.  When he retired Bountiful had 180 full-time employees, even while the city grew from 29,000 to over 42,000.

During his tenure as city manager he also served on the board of the Utah League of Cities and towns; as president of the Utah City Management Association; as the city representative on the Utah Retirement Systems Membership Advisory Council for 20 years; as a member of the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Board for 8 years; as a member of the Private Activity Bond Board for 8 years; as a member and chairman of the Utah Local Government Trust for 10 years; and on various taxation, transportation, and other legislative task forces.  He was recognized as the National Administrator of the Year by the BYU School of Management.

Tom is the first to credit great employees, department heads, councilmembers, and mayors with the many successes, along with the support of Bountiful's great citizens.  During the floods in May and June of 1983, thousands of citizens responded to sandbag the creek channels, clean debris from houses, monitor the streams, and assist in the massive cleanup effort.  During the winds of 2011 that took down thousands of trees throughout the community, church was cancelled and literally thousands of citizens responded with chain saws and trucks to remove the downed trees and help both the city and the affected citizens return to normal.  And every year during Handcart Days hundreds more volunteer to assist with the parade, the activities in the park, historical tours, and more.  "I have never seen a community of citizens so willing to respond during emergencies, special events, and everyday assistance to others.  Truly Bountiful's citizens make it a unique and wonderful place to live.  It is where our children were raised, where we acquired so many friends and neighbors, and the place we call home."

Tom and Ann have eight children, twenty-two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, which keeps retirement busy, but he still finds time to serve in his church callings, in his Homeowners Association, with the Handcart Days fundraising committee, and with various other groups.