Patricia Harrison Appointed Deputy County Executive


Sept. 14, 2009
OPA 164/09

News Highlights  

  • Harrison’s start date is Sept. 28.
  • Currently the director of the Department of Community and Recreation Services.
  • Harrison will oversee the county’s human services programs and agencies.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today appointed Patricia Harrison, also known as Pat Franckewitz, as deputy county executive. She will begin her new position Sept. 28 alongside current deputy county executive Verdia Haywood, who is retiring in January.

Harrison will be responsible for many of Fairfax County’s human services programs and will oversee the following agencies:

Harrison has served as the director of the Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services (CRS) since 2001 and was acting director from 1999-2001. She has been with CRS since 1986 when she started as a recreation specialist. She will continue as CRS director until her transition to deputy county executive is complete in January.

Harrison has received several awards throughout her career, including the William D. Thompson Award for Excellence and the Heath Onthank Award for Outstanding Service and Contributions to Government Service – both from Fairfax County.

Harrison holds a master’s degree in recreation from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Slippery Rock State University. She will receive an annual salary of $175,000.

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