Allysa Rouse has been on the job as Washington County’s “de facto” assistant county manager for the past month as part of a new state program designed to assist counties and mentor recent public administration master degree graduates.
Rouse, a Greenville native, earned her bachelor degree at UNC Greensboro before returning home to complete her master’s degree at ECU earlier this year.
“I’m committed to eastern North Carolina,” Rouse said in a brief interview this week. “I’m a native and we have a lot of great things here that we want people to know about.”
Rouse says she’s grateful for the opportunity in Washington County and has become involved “in a lot of things already,” including introductions to all county department heads and joining committees targeting economic development and the upcoming census process.
“I just want to jump in and learn everything I can,” she says. “I think I’ve done that, so far.”
Immediately prior to accepting the fellowship in Washington County, Rouse worked in Goldsboro, focusing on fighting poverty and building sustainability through community initiatives...
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