BOONVILLE — The town of Boonville recently hired Sarah Harris to serve as town administrator. Since May, Harris has served the town as part of an internship as management advisor. Her new position took effect March 1.
“We are thrilled to have Sarah joining the town of Boonville staff,” said Commissioner Bonnie Lasky. “Having earned her [Master of Public Administration] and proving her skills and abilities during her internship, we are looking forward to her guidance and expertise in helping the town of Boonville achieve its vision for the future.”
Harris is a native of Mount Airy and has long been involved in city government.
“I grew up working with the city of Mount Airy in their Parks and Recreation Department where I worked in their child care programs for seven years,” Harris said. “Also, during my time in Mount Airy I completed multiple internships under the direction of City Manager Barbara Jones.”
In December, Harris graduated from Appalachian State University with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public administration, where her studies concentrated on town, city and county management.
“During my internship as management advisor, the staff and myself worked together to complete items on the town of Boonville’s priority list,” Harris explained. “This list was compiled by the board of commissioners and mayor in previous goals and objectives retreat. These items varied from creating and updating policies, establishing committees, and creating a prosperous vision for the future for every citizen of Boonville. Working together we were able to accomplish a lot during my seven months tenure.”
In her new role, she will continue to work closely with the mayor and town board.
“Economic development, grant administration, zoning, and employee development are some of the key duties assigned to this position,” she added. “Open communication and transparency will play an essential part in my duties.”
Harris said she is thrilled with the new position and ready to get started.
“I am looking forward to promoting citizen involvement in the community,” she said. “Boonville is a lovely town full of citizens who care about their community and who have a vision for its future. Working with employees to provide the residents of Boonville the highest possible service level will help to ensure that everyone is pulling in the same direction and working towards a common goal.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.