County finance director announces resignation

Harrison Nicholson

Shenandoah County finance director Harrison Nicholson has announced his resignation, effective May 31.

“Unfortunately, there are some family obligations that are going to put me in Houston,” Nicholson said Tuesday. “It is going to be sad leaving the county. It will be hard to leave the people I worked with.”

Nicholson moved from North Carolina to the county he grew up in.  He attended Strasburg High School and said when he moved back that he assumed he would retire here.

He said he is proud of the relationships he built with department heads, constitutional officers and everyone he worked with.  He plans to remain in finance.

During his time with the county, Nicholson helped develop two budgets and two audits as well as financial compliance and accounting duties.

“I am very sorry to see Harrison leaving us,” said Mary Beth Price, county administrator, wrote in a prepared statement. “He has been a great fit within our organization.”

The Shenandoah County Finance Department is made up of three full-time staff members, including the director. Nicholson oversaw the development and administration of a $64 million general fund budget, including accounts payable and payroll for more than 300 full-time staff members.

The county will begin recruiting for a new director immediately.