Tuesday, July 11, 2017
First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that he has appointed Sara A. Harris, who served in New York City’s Bloomberg administration, as the town’s operations director effective Wednesday.
The position has been vacant since November when Dewey Loselle, operations director for two-and-a-half years, resigned from his $90,000 salaried post.
According to Marpe, Harris has more than 15 years “of direct, full-time experience working in local and federal government as a public servant, serving in the Office of Management and Budget in New York City during the Bloomberg administration, managing more than $2 billion in city revenue.”
“She sat on a range of policy groups and worked hands on with several top consulting firms to achieve operational efficiencies and consolidations,’ Marpe said.
He said that as a voting member of the New York City Franchise Concession Review Committee, Harris approved hundreds of agreements, including cable television, the Central Park Conservancy, and the Ferry Point Golf Course.
He added that while Harris was chief of staff for the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation’s Capital Division, she oversaw approximately 400 staff responsible for the design and construction of all parks and parkland projects.
“Sara brings extensive experience achieving operational excellence within the public sector,” Marpe said.
“I am impressed by the portfolio of municipal projects she has managed and implemented during her career under New York City’s Bloomberg administration.”
As operations director, Harris will be responsible for working with department heads and managing special projects.
Marpe said she will also be tasked with improving efficiency of town operations, including consolidation between the town and the school board.
“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the Town of Westport, and I look forward to joining the staff,” said Harris, a Monroe resident.
“My primary goals are to see complex consolidation projects to completion, establish performance measures that improve municipal processes, and find revenue and cost saving opportunities for the town.
“Similar experiences managing New York City agencies and their budgets have prepared me for success in this role,” she added
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