Steve Sciascia has served two terms, from 2006 to present, on Harrisburg Town Council. Elected as mayor in 2013, Steve has been in information technology and banking for 25 year and is currently with Bank of America as operational risk manager for financial crimes.
Steve served as president of Harrisburg Youth Association for seven years, overseeing the transition of the organization from a volunteer-based youth league to what is now the Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Department. He has coached and mentored over 35 baseball, football, soccer and basketball teams.
Steve and his wife Pam have three children. He is an avid hiker. backpacker and cyclist. Read more on Mayor Sciascia's vision for his first term in office.
Mayor Pro Tem
Councilman Chad Baucom was elected in November 2009 to serve his first term on Harrisburg Town Council. Reelected in 2013, his current term expires in December 2017.
Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an M.B.A from the Liberty University School of Business.
Chad and his wife Stephanie have two children and are expecting a third. He has served on the Town’s Economic Development Committee since 2009, is active in his local church, volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse and is a UNC Charlotte 49ers and Carolina Panthers fan.
Councilman Rick Russo will complete his first term on Harrisburg Town Council in 2015. He has served as mayor pro tem and currently serves on the Fire Department Advisory Board. Rick has been a volunteer firefighter with the Harrisburg Fire Department for 20 years.
Rick earned an associates degree in civil engineering at Youngstown State University and studied labor relations at Central Piedmont Community College. He has worked for US Airways for 27 years and is currently a fleet service worker with US Airways at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Rick, his wife Tracy, and two children have been Harrisburg residents since 1989. He supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Guide Dogs of America. Rick is also the film coordinator for the Hickory Ridge High School football team.
Phil Cowherd has served on Harrisburg Town Council from 1999 to 2009 and from 2011 to present. His current term expires in December 2015. He is retired from his position as senior budget and evaluation analyst for capital budgeting with the City of Charlotte, a position he held for 30 years. He also taught political science at Rowan-Cabarrus and Stanly Community Colleges.
Phil is former chapter president of the American Society for Public Administration and president and charter member of the Public Service Toastmasters Chapter. He is a former member of the North Carolina Budget Association and has represented the Town of Harrisburg on the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization and Cabarrus Water and Sewer Authority. He has been elected mayor pro tem on three different occasions and is a recognized authority, author and presenter on capital budgeting.
Phil holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Public Administration from UNC Charlotte. He is a graduate of the Municipal Administration program at the UNC School of Government. He and his wife Sheila are members of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and have two grown children and one granddaughter.
Phil's hobbies include travel, backpacking and golf. He enjoys reading military history and, with 10 states to go, is close to achieving his goal of visiting all 50 states.
Town Councilman Jeff Phillips has served in Harrisburg since 2009 and held the position of Mayor Pro Tem from 2010 - 2011. He served on the Harrisburg Planning & Zoning Committee from 2007 - 2009. His current term expires in 2017.
Jeff earned his associate's degree from Lorain County Community College in Ohio and is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Institute.
His professional background includes 18 years at Electronic Data Systems in a variety of roles, including computer operations, asset management, audit and inventory leader. He holds certifications in career readiness, work-certified, project management and healthcare from Rowan Cabarrus Community College
Jeff's volunteer experience includes Speedway Children's Charities, chairperson for Harrisburg Conservation District and Rocky River Crossing Homeowner's Association president.
John Booth is serving his first term as Council member, with his term expiring in December 2017. John currently works as a firefighter for the City of Charlotte where he is assigned to one of the busiest fire engines in the state. John also works part-time at a family- owned hardware store within the town.
John holds a B.S. in Fire Safety Engineering Technology from UNC Charlotte. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Robinson Volunteer Fire Department and volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, John enjoys running, golf and classic cars.
John hopes to bring a fresh new perspective to council through hard work, common sense and impartial decision-making.