County Administration Staff
Brent Trout, County Manager
Brent Trout was appointed County Manager of Harnett County on January 18, 2022. Trout has over 30 years of experience in local government administration throughout Iowa and Kansas. He served as the City Manager of the City of Topeka from September 2017 to December of 2021. He also served as the City Administrator of four other cities in Iowa: Bancroft (900), Eagle Grove (3,700), Boone (12,800) and Mason City (28,000).
He received his Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Drake University in 1988 and Master's Degree in Public Administration from Drake University in 1990.
Trout served 29 years in the Iowa National Guard, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in November of 2015. His time in the military service included a tour overseas in 1990 for Desert Storm and again in 2004 for Iraqi Freedom.
He served as a Board member for GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Partnership, an economic development group, and is a former member of the Iowa City/County Managers Association. Trout currently holds membership in the North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) and the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA). He also earned his Credentialed Manager certification from ICMA.
Trout is married and has two sons and three step daughters.
Coley Price, Deputy County Manager
Coley Price joined the Harnett County Manager’s Office in December 2018 as Assistant County Manager and was promoted to Deputy County Manager in February 2023. Price has over 25 years of experience in Local Government in the Harnett County area. Prior to his employment with Harnett County Manager’s Office, he served in various roles with the Town of Angier, and was the Town Manager from 2003 to 2018. His expertise includes a background in water and sewer distribution and collection, land use planning, and economic development.
Price serves on the Harnett County Community Foundation Board and was grants chairman in 2016 and 2017. He is a former graduate and past chairman of Leadership Harnett. Price spent 22 years as an ex-officio board member on the Angier Chamber of Commerce and 11 years on the Angier Museum Board of Directors.
He is a graduate of the Municipal and County Administration course from the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. Price currently holds membership in the North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) and the International City and County Management Association (ICMA).
Price was born and raised in Angier. He graduated from Harnett Central High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University.
Mike Morrow, Assistant County Manager
Morrow brings over three decades of experience and leadership in Government Administration, having served as a Land Survey Aide with Palm Beach County, Florida and an Operations Engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation.
Since 2001, he has served as the Operations and Public Works Director with the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In this role, Morrow’s responsibilities included the management of the City’s Facilities, Fleet, Streets and Stormwater Utility, Maintenance, Capital Construction Grants Projects and Solid Waste services.
As Assistant County Manager, Morrow will oversee the County’s Board of Elections, Emergency Services, Information Technology, Public Library, Veteran’s Services, Fleet, and Facilities departments. He will also be tasked with collaborating with the UNC School of Government to manage the County’s Performance Management project and serve on the Space Needs Study committee to provide input on future facility needs for County operations.
Morrow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Management from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s of Science degree in Organization Leadership and Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Morrow is a member of the International City and County Managers Association (ICMA), Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA), American Public Works Association (APWA), Florida Public Works Association (FPWA), and the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Treasure Coast Chapter.
Lisa McFadden, Budget Director
Lisa McFadden has been with Harnett County since 2000 and has been in the role of Budget Director since February 2021. Prior to joining the County Manager’s Office, she served in various roles in the Information Technology Department and was the Assistant IT Director for over five years.
McFadden holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University and earned her Master of Public Administration from University of Carolina at Pembroke. She is a graduate of the Municipal and County Administration course and the LGFCU Fellows Leading for Results program with the UNC School of Government. She is also a Certified Budget and Evaluation Officer with the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association and a Certified Chief Information Officer with the UNC School of Government.
McFadden serves on the Board of Directors of Harnett County Partnership for Children, Harnett County NC-PreK Committee, Harnett County Employee Wellness Committee, Lillington Special Events Committee, and Lillington Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, which she currently chairs.
Desiree Patrick, Community Relations Director/Public Information Officer
Desiree Patrick joined the Harnett County Manager’s Office in March 2023. Patrick brings over 10 years of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations.
Prior to joining Harnett County, Patrick served as Communications and Public Relations Coordinator at Durham Technical Community College.
As Community Relations Director, Patrick will manage the County’s Public Information Office, lead internal and external communication campaigns to achieve the County’s Strategic Plan, create opportunities for public engagement, and enhance community partnerships to offer community resources for residents.
Patrick received her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and minor in Journalism from Frostburg State University and Master of Science in Management with a Marketing Specialization from the University of Maryland Global Campus.
Melissa Capps, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners
Melissa Capps was appointed on June 14, 2021. Melissa began her career in municipal government in 2005 with the City of Goldsboro. She graduated in 2007 from the Clerk’s Institute at the UNC School of Government and received her designation for Certified Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and UNC School of Government in 2009 and the Master Municipal Clerk Certification in 2016.
Melissa received her North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the NC Association of Municipal Clerks in 2012 and received the North Carolina Certified County Clerk designation from the NC Association of County Clerks in 2022. Melissa is a graduate of Wayne Community College and holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration.
Melissa joined the NC Association of Municipal Clerks in 2005, where she has served as the District IV Director and Recording Secretary for the Board of Directors. She was also an active member of the Association’s Program & Education, Membership, Finance, We Share Our Services, and Executive Committees. Melissa joined the NC Association of County Clerks in 2021.
Shannon Eason, Executive Assistant
Shannon Eason has been with Harnett County since 1998 and has been in the role of Executive Assistant to the County Manager since 2015.
Prior to joining the County Manager’s Office, she was the Administrative Assistant for the Harnett County Information Technology Department.
Eason is a graduate of Central Carolina Community College and holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration. Eason previously served on the Harnett County RSVP Council and serves as Secretary to the Harnett County Nonprofit Funding Committee.
Eason is married with two daughters and has four granddaughters.
Ally Fouts, Management Analyst
Ally Fouts began her experience with Harnett County in August of 2022 as a Lead for NC Fellow through the University of North Carolina School of Government.
Fouts joined the Harnett County team as the Management Analyst in July 2023. In this role, Fouts provides administrative support for various grant funding opportunities.
Fouts received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Management and Policy and a minor in Economics from the University of North Carolina Asheville.