Town Council

Mayor Steve Sciascia served two terms on Harrisburg Town Council from 2006 to 2013, was elected as mayor in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration from Appalachian State University. He has worked in information technology and banking for over 30 years and is currently an IT operational risk manager for a large Charlotte bank. 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 and 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 backpacker, cyclist and Carolina Panthers fan.

Mayor Sciascia has devoted extensive time and effort to support NC Governor Pat McCrory's "Talk it Out" initiative to prevent underage drinking. He was recognized for his efforts with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed on North Carolinians by the Governor in recognition of a proven record of service to the State. Read more on Mayor Sciascia's vision for his first term in office in the Mayor's Message.

Steve Sciascia, Mayor 

John Booth is serving his second term as a Council member and his first term as Mayor Pro Tem. 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 alsworks part-time at a family-owned hardware store within the town. John holds a Bachelor of Science 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.
John Booth, Mayor Pro Tem 
Councilwoman Benita Conrad was appointed to fill a vacancy on Town Council in 2014 and was re-elected to serve a second four-year term in November 2015. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Benita is currently employed as Finance Coordinator for the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office.
As a resident of the Town of Harrisburg for 27 years, Conrad has served as co-chair of the Harrisburg Railroad Committee; member of the Harrisburg Economic Development Board; Harrisburg 4th of July Festival co-founder and director; Harrisburg Parks and Recreation co-founder and chair; Harrisburg Cowboys co-founder and athletic director; Harrisburg Youth Association treasurer; Southwest Cabarrus Rotary charter member and treasurer; and Friends of Harrisburg Library co-founder and president. Conrad has been married 27 years to husband, Victor. They have four grown children. Benita and her husband attend Grace Church in Harrisburg.
Benita Conrad
Councilman Rick Russo was elected to Town Council in 2011 and re-elected to serve a second four-year term in November 2015. He has served as mayor pro tem, serves on the Fire Advisory Board and is a retired 20-year veteran of the Harrisburg Fire Department, as both a paid and volunteer firefighter. Rick earned an associate degree in civil engineering technology at Youngstown State University and studied labor relations at Central Piedmont Community College. He has worked for US Airways, now American Airlines, for 29 years and is a fleet service worker at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Rick, his wife Tracy and two children have been Harrisburg residents since 1989. He is a supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, funding research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs to end breast cancer, and Guide Dogs of America, providing free guide dogs to blind and visually impaired individuals. Rick is also the film coordinator for the Hickory Ridge High School football team.

Rick Russo

Councilman Ron Smith is serving his first term on Town Council, with his term expiring in December 2019. He has been a resident of Harrisburg since 2005 and has an associate degree in computer programming from Savannah Technical College. Ron has been employed at Wells Fargo since 1994, primarily in information technology and technology management. He is married with two children who attend public schools in Harrisburg.  

Ron volunteers every year with Teach for America and with his church, Rocky River Presbyterian Church. When not attending his children’s sporting events, Ron enjoys playing golf and is excited to be serving the residents of Harrisburg during his term on Town Council.

Ron Smith


Christopher Barfield is serving his first term as Council member, with his term expiring in December 2019. Christopher’s background was in law enforcement until he was called into ministry. He attended Lee University for Pastoral Ministry and was ordained in 2010. Christopher currently works in industrial sales for an international compressed air company and ministers often in economically-challenged areas of the region.

Christopher is the immediate past Chairman for Family Solutions Inc. and has served in executive leadership positions with several area nonprofits. He and his family attend The Refuge Church in Kannapolis when he is not ministering elsewhere.

Christopher married his wife, Carrie, in 2010. When the opportunity arose in 2013 for them to move back to Harrisburg, Carrie’s hometown, they chose a home on the street where Carrie lived growing up. They have two young children. Christopher loves to read about the life of Christ, is active in the Republican Party and loves traveling to hole-in-the-wall BBQ joints. He hopes to influence public safety matters and use a common sense approach to growth.

Christopher Barfield


Diamond received her ADN from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte in 2003, and went on to receive her BSN in 2006 from UNC-Greensboro. In 2010, Diamond completed her master’s in Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University. She is currently employed as a Director for the Ambulatory Care Management Department for Carolinas Healthcare System.

Diamond is a volunteer with the Cabarrus County Ombudsman program for Adult Care Homes, Cabarrus County Schools, NCNA Awards Committee and the YMCA as a Camp Nurse for Camp Thunderbird. She has been a member of the NCNA for more than seven years.

Diamond is married with three children: a 19-year-old daughter who is at Hampton University, a 16-year-old daughter on the Varsity Cheerleading team at Hickory Ridge, and a 10-year-old son in the STEM Program at Patriots Elementary.

Diamond Staton-Williams





Troy Selberg is serving his first term as a Council member, with his term expiring in December of 2021. For almost 30 years, Troy enjoyed a successful career in Motorsport, and he also hosted a TV show and was a color commentator for sports radio. For the past 15 years, Troy has worked as an C-level Executive consultant in the manufacturing, construction and online services verticals, where he implements Six Sigma and Behavior Sciences.

Troy recently served on the Harrisburg Planning and Zoning advisory board and the Harrisburg Artwalk committee. Troy is also deeply involved volunteering his time with STEMersion assignment programs, aiming to immerse students in an authentic application within a career. 

Troy and his wife, Carol, are 26-year residents of Harrisburg. They have raised two children, both involved in area sports and thriving in the school systems. Troy enjoys building metal art work and playing golf, cornhole and chess.​

Troy Selberg