Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Mayor Patrick Cannon today announced Holly Eskridge will become Assistant to the Mayor, effective March 7, 2014. Eskridge has worked for the City of Rock Hill, SC since March 2002 and for the past five and half years, served as Assistant to the City Manager.  In this role, she worked directly with City Departments and City Council while acting as Executive Liaison to the Mayor.
“Holly’s demonstrated dedication to public service in the Carolinas and advocacy work in our nation’s capital will be a real asset to my team as I continue to actively pursue the community’s agenda shared in my Oath of Office address,” said Mayor Cannon. “I believe her experience will add immediate value to current and future initiatives driven by the Office of the Mayor.”
Prior to the Assistant to the City Manager position, Holly served as the City’s Grant Manager and Community Development Manager focusing primarily on neighborhood revitalization initiatives. Before joining the City of Rock Hill, she worked in Columbia, SC as a Senior Planner for the Council of Governments.
“For the past 12 years, I have served the nearby City of Rock Hill in a similar role with great success in many of the areas Mayor Cannon has indicated as community priorities including economic development, housing, and community safety,” said Eskridge.  “I look forward to sharing my perspective gained from another municipality and working alongside the Mayor, City Manager and Council to achieve Charlotte’s short and long term goals.”
Eskridge holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Master’s Degrees in Community and Organizational Social Work and Public Administration from the University of South Carolina.
With Eskridge’s arrival, Randy Harris, who has served as the Mayor’s Interim Assistant since he took office in December, will return to his role in Neighborhood and Business Services.
“Randy’s knowledge of the city and community during this time of transition has been invaluable to me,” said Mayor Cannon.  “I want to thank him for his service, flexibility and contributions.”