Harnett County Manager Paula K. Stewart announced the appointment of Interim Assistant County Manager Brian Haney as Assistant County Manager.
Stewart appointed Haney to one of two Assistant County Manager positions approved by the Harnett County Board of Commissioners during their July 16 meeting. Haney had served as Interim Assistant County Manager since October 2017.
“Brian has performed extremely well during his interim appointment, and I am confident he will be an asset to my administration,” said Stewart. “In addition to his impressive academic credentials, he possesses the critical analysis and creativity required in the County Manager’s Office.”
An Erwin native, Haney was hired to work in the Harnett County Manager’s Office in March 2014. Prior to assuming the role of Interim Assistant County Manager, he was the County’s Director of Community & Government Relations.
He said he appreciates the confidence Stewart has shown in bringing him onto her administrative team.
“I am honored to be given this opportunity to serve the citizens of Harnett County in this capacity,” said Haney. “It’s incredibly fulfilling to go to work every day to try and make a positive impact on the economy and the quality of life in your community. We have a great Board, capable department heads and a dedicated staff, and I’m grateful to be a member of the Harnett County team.”
He said his desire to work in local government stemmed from seeing the mill close in Erwin in 2000.
“I saw what losing the mill did to my hometown and to the county, and I decided I wanted to take a more active role in revitalizing my community,” he said. “Today, Harnett County faces some different challenges in terms of supporting the tremendous growth we’re experiencing, developing and attracting a skilled workforce, and making sure we have high quality, high paying jobs for current and future generations. We also have the opportunity to shape what the future of Harnett County looks like, and I’m excited to be part of that process.”
In addition to appointing Haney as Assistant County Manager, Stewart said she intends to hire an additional Assistant County Manager in the near future to round out her administrative team. The two positions will replace the Deputy County Manager position, which Stewart occupied under former County Manager Joseph Jeffries.
“Harnett County needs a strong administrative team in place to lead our departments in the direction established by the Board of Commissioners,” Stewart said. “This structure will allow me to devote more energy to achieving our broader strategic goals while making sure the County’s day-to-day operations are in good hands.”
Haney currently lives in Willow Springs. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and earned his Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
Prior to his employment with Harnett County, Haney worked as News Editor at The Daily Record in Dunn. He serves as first vice chair on the Leadership Harnett Board of Directors, and as vice chair of the Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail Authority. Haney and his wife, Lauren, have been married for three years and welcomed their son, Oliver, on June 28.