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Carroll hires rec director, PSA engineer

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Service Authority officials say they expect to save money with the hiring of an engineer to work on its water and sewer projects, in a Monday statement announcing they have filled the position.

Jessica Montgomery will serve in this capacity, providing services that the county previously had to contract for, said Gary Larrowe, county administrator and PSA director.

"The county is poised to move forward on many economic development projects that include water and/or sewer service," he said. "In-house engineering services are vital to bringing these projects to fruition.

"By having an in-house engineer, the county will realize extensive cost savings on engineering and inspection fees on these projects."

PSA Chairman Sam Dickson agreed. "Jessica will more than pay for herself as we move forward," he said in the news release. "With the Wildwood sewer [at Interstate 77's Exit 19] and the regional water projects in hand, we expect to realize huge cost savings over contracting all of the work out."

Montgomery brings seven years of engineering experience to Carroll. According to county officials, she is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina and will obtain her Virginia license within weeks.

She previously worked with Stimmel Associates, PA in Winston-Salem, N.C., as a project engineer. Her experience working in civil engineering, specializing in site design, brings to the county the skills to initiate, plan and complete projects currently underway and those planned by the PSA for the future, county officials said.

"One of the exciting aspects of bringing Ms. Montgomery on is that she can work on other projects, such as the recreation park, the fair grounds or future economic development projects, as well as assist the PSA," said David Hutchins, chairman of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

Montgomery will report to Larrowe.

Also Monday, Carroll officials announced they had filled the post of parks and recreation director, open after the retirement of long-time director Larry Collins.

New director Elizabeth Carico's first day will be May 18.

"The county currently has a very strong recreation program providing a variety of activities for Carroll County youth," Larrowe said. "The parks management experience Ms. Carico brings to the position will allow us to expand the program further and take advantage of the vast outdoor resources the county has to offer."

Carico, a graduate of Central Michigan University in the area of recreation management, brings five years of park ranger and management experience to the position, according to the news release.

She has a variety of training and experience in parks management and outdoor recreation programs. She was previously the assistant park manager of the New River Trail State Park in Galax.

Her experience working with the public and with Virginia’s natural resources will complement and enhance the programs currently underway in the recreation department. County officials added it will also allow the county to expand the recreation offerings to the community and bring in new visitors.

Carico will work closely with the Parks and Recreation Commission and report directly to Assistant County Administrator Nikki Shank.