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March 11, 2014 > Harrison appointed Finance Director

Harrison appointed Finance Director

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson

Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith announced on March 5, 2014, that he has appointed Deputy County Executive Emily C. Harrison as the Director of the Finance Agency. Harrison brings to the position more than 30 years of public service experience including work with the City of Palo Alto and the City of San Jose.

ÒIn the short time she has served as the Interim Finance Agency Director, Harrison has delivered on her reputation as a highly qualified public administrator, and demonstrated her positive and collaborative leadership style,Ó said Smith. ÓHer strong public finance background, coupled with her team building leadership skills and problem solving acumen, will benefit the Finance Agency.Ó

Harrison holds a bachelorÕs degree from the University of California at Riverside, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and a masterÕs degree in public administration from San Jose State University.Ê She is a program graduate of the Harvard National Public Leadership Institute and Berkeley Executive Seminar. She also has served as a board member and president of Palo Alto Kiwanis and board member of the former YWCA Mid-peninsula.

HarrisonÕs appointment as Director of the Finance Agency is effective immediately. Her salary will remain at $235,607.

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