posted on June 17, 2014 14:51
Scott Harrell has been named as Statesville's Public Works Director/City Engineer by City Manager Larry Pressley. Harrell, 40, was hired as the Assistant Public Works Director in 2011, and became interim director in June, 2013.
"Scott's background makes him extremely qualified for the position," said Pressley. "It includes public regulatory service, private consulting engineering and municipal public works. Statesville is fortunate to have someone with his work experience."
Harrell is looking forward to the challenges as the director of a department that oversees everything from recycling to street maintenance to engineering sewer systems. "It's something different every day, but I enjoy the variety of projects and people I get to work with daily."
Harrell worked for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources at both a state and regional level, dealing primarily with dam safety and erosion control. "But I enjoy the municipal level the most," he said, explaining that "I am part of the decision making and the implementation of many of our City's projects. I have the benefit of being a part of so much of the activity that's going on in Statesville right now."
In addition to overseeing the divisions of streets, water and sewer maintenance, sanitation and the garage, Harrell will oversee the streetscape project, the conversion to single stream recycling and the implementation of new storm water regulations.
"In the state and regional offices, I traveled around North Carolina, but there's nothing like working with the elected officials, the superintendents and employees to really get things done in my community," said Harrell.
Pressley was the City's Assistant City Manager/ public works director when he hired Harrell as his assistant in 2011. When Pressley moved into the City Manager's job in 2013, Harrell was named interim. "I have a great mentor and friend," said Harrell about working closely with Pressley. "He has helped me grow into this job and I look forward to working with him and all the City staff in preparing for Statesville's future."
Harrell graduated from NCSU with degrees in civil engineering and environmental engineering. He received a masters of civil engineering from NCSU in 2000 and a masters of divinity from Gardner-Webb University in 2007. He is a registered professional engineer.
He and his wife, Melani, have two sons, and live in Statesville.
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