Jessica Montgomery has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA).
The PSA announced the hire during its meeting Thursday, just moments after announcing it had accepted the resignation of Gary Larrowe as the PSA’s Executive Director, effective the same day.
Larrowe, who has also served as Carroll County’s Administrator since 2005, announced his resignation as county administrator two months ago after he was hired Sept. 23 as the county administrator for Botetourt County. Larrowe’s resignation as Carroll County Administrator will take effect Dec. 31.
PSA Vice Chairman William Payne made the motion Thursday for the Authority to approve an employment agreement with Montgomery as the PSA’s new executive director. The motion was seconded by PSA member Dr. Tom Littrell.
Authority member James Light noted that Montgomery will continue to perform her job as the PSA and Carroll County Engineer, but now she will add the responsibility of the PSA’s executive director. The motion passed unanimously.
“She has, in my opinion, saved Carroll County multiple times her salary in both hard dollars and in working with other engineering firms, and her ability to negotiate the engineering and those aspects of those projects, have saved us,” Authority member David Hutchins said. “She has been a tremendous employee and I think she will do a great job.”
PSA Chairman Sam Dickson echoed Hutchins’ sentiments.
“I welcome you to your new challenge and to continue on with your old challenge,” Dickson said.
Montgomery was hired in May of 2009 as PSA/Carroll County Engineer. She is a 1998 graduate of North Surry High School in N.C., and she graduated in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from UNC-Charlotte. She earned her Masters from UNC-Charlotte in Civil Engineering in 2005.
“I feel really good about it,” Montgomery said of her new role with the PSA. “I have worked under Gary Larrowe and with Dana (Phillips) this entire time, and I have learned a lot over these past few years.”
Prior to her employment with Carroll County, Montgomery worked for private engineering firms doing design work. Her last projects were the upgrades to the Forsyth Medical Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Kernersville Medical Center, also in N.C.
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