Two City of Marshall employees are to be promoted to higher positions as director of support services and director of community development, acting city manager David Willard announced Thursday.
Garnett Johnson, the former deputy director of community and economic development, has been named the city’s new director of community development.
Johnson graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies and a minor in Sociology. Later, she decided to continue her studies at Prairie View A&M University, where she completed her Masters in Community Development in the Department of Architecture.
“My college years tied to interdisciplinary education and community building are tools I look forward to offering as we work collectively to promote a bright future for the city of Marshall,” Johnson said.
Johnson also served in the military for several years, where she dedicated herself to advocating for underserved families through mentorship and volunteerism. She currently lives in Marshall alongside her husband and three children.
“I am delighted to continue to work with Ms. Johnson for the good of the community,” Willard said.
Additionally, City Clerk Randy Pritchard has been named the new Manager of Support Services for the City of Marshall.
Willard explained that Support Services is a new department the city created to maintain buildings, grounds, parks, the municipal arena, the municipal golf course, the information technology (IT) department and emergency management.
“I am honored to be able to continue working for my hometown in a leadership position and look forward to many years to come,” Pritchard said.
Pritchard is a graduate of Marshall High School and is the Harrison County Emergency Services District 3 Battalion Chief. He currently lives in Marshall alongside his wife and children.
“The City of Marshall will benefit greatly from Mr. Pritchard’s institutional knowledge of the city and looks forward to working with him to improve the appearance of the city,” Willard said.