New Town Manager Randy Harrington offered commitments to the Town Council, town employees, and community Aug. 21 during his formal welcome to Holly Springs a week before his first day on the job.
A reception preceded the regularly-scheduled Town Council meeting during which Harrington introduced his family and expressed gratitude for a gracious welcome.
“This is a town that has just tremendous momentum,” he said, “and that’s a great thing in a town to see.”
Harrington begins work Aug. 27 after 11 years with the city of Charlotte, where he has been chief financial officer and director of Management and Financial Services. Before Charlotte, he worked for the city of Concord.
Harrington pledged to help the council attain its priorities and vision in a way that is ethical, professional, and meets the highest principles of public administration.
In addressing town staff, Harrington referred to the youth baseball and softball all-star teams that had been honored at the meeting minutes earlier.
“We’re going to be a great team,” he said, stressing the importance of town staff supporting one another and ensuring that each succeeds.
To the community, Harrington promised a town organization that would listen and be a partner.
Mayor Dick Sears noted the phone calls praising Harrington received from those who worked with him or for him.
“You’re off to a great start, sir,” Sears said.
The youth athletic teams recognized at the council meeting were the 12U Baseball and 10U Softball All-stars. The two Holly Springs Parks and Recreation teams won Statewide Athletic Committee (SWAC) championships.
In other action Aug. 21, the council approved allowing incentives for projects that incorporate preservation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of historic structures.
As part of efforts to earn recognition as a Tree City USA, the council discussed creating a citizen board that would oversee the care of trees on town-owned property. Council members were receptive to having such a board handle historic preservation also.