The Holly Springs Town Council has announced that Randy Harrington will be the next town manager.
He will begin work Aug. 27 after 11 years with the city of Charlotte, where he is chief financial officer and director of Management and Financial Services.
“My family and I are thrilled to join the Holly Springs community,” he said following the July 17 announcement. “Holly Springs has a great reputation and exciting future ahead. I look forward to working with the mayor, council and community!”
Harrington’s unanimous selection follows a detailed search that began during the spring and drew approximately 50 applicants. He rose to the top of the list based on his varied experience, strong reputation as a leader, and enthusiasm for the opportunity that Holly Springs presents.
Although he serves in the state’s largest city, Holly Springs town leaders noted Harrington’s small town, Nebraska roots. In addition to his extensive management experience, council members were impressed with his down-to-earth, approachable manner.
Mayor Dick Sears said Harrington will be an energetic leader who can help Holly Springs’ leaders accomplish their vision.
“Randy has a proven track record of success,” Sears said, “and those who know him speak of his high standards and work ethic.”
Holly Springs is a town of 37,000 residents southwest of Raleigh in the dynamic Triangle region of N.C. In 2017, Holly Springs ranked as the safest town in N.C. with a population of at least 28,000. It also has earned honors as one of the Best Small Cities in America.
As Charlotte’s chief financial officer and director of Management and Financial Services, Harrington manages a staff of more than 250. He works closely with departments throughout the municipal organization.
Harrington was involved in advancing key partnerships with the city of Charlotte. He served as the lead executive staff member to the City Council’s Economic Development Committee. Harrington directed Charlotte’s city-wide departmental strategic planning process and also its largest departmental reorganization in more than 20 years.
Before joining the city of Charlotte, Harrington worked for the city of Concord as budget and performance manager and as budget and management analyst.
He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in political science/economics and criminal justice from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Harrington succeeds Chuck Simmons, who retired in late April after more than four years as Holly Springs’ manager. He had worked for the town since 2001. Assistant Manager Daniel Weeks has served as interim manager during the search for Simmons’ successor.