Mayor Steve Sciascia has served two terms on Harrisburg Town Council from 2006 to 2013 and was elected as mayor in 2013. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration Degree from Appalachian State University. He has worked in information technology and banking for over 30 years and is currently with Bank of America as operational risk manager. 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 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
Mayor Pro Tem 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 & 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.
Councilman Chad Baucom was elected in November 2009 to serve his first term on 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 three children. 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 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’s 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 the new 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.
Councilman Jeff Phillips has served since 2009, held the position of mayor pro tem from 2010-2011 and served on the Planning & Zoning Committee from 2007-2009. His current term expires in 2017. He currently serves as Chairman of the Rowan/Cabarrus County Transportation Advisory Committee.
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 eighteen years at Electronic Data Systems in computer operations, asset management, audit and inventory leadership.
Jeff holds certifications in career readiness, work-certified project management and healthcare from Rowan Cabarrus Community College. His 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.
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’s 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, 10 and 14 years of age, attending public schools in Harrisburg.
Ron volunteers every year with Teach for America as well as volunteering with his church, Rocky River Presbyterian Church. He enjoys playing golf when not attending his children’s sporting events and is excited to be serving the residents of Harrisburg during his term on Town Council.
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 still 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 a young daughter that is just starting to walk. 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.