Governor honors director of health Harris with highest state honor


Before his retirement at the end of this year, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris was awarded that of North Carolina highest honor, The Order of the Longleaf Pine, for his dedication to serving the community through his work in public health over the past four decades.

Established in 1963, this honor is given by the governor to individuals who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities to exemplary service and exceptional achievements.

For more than 45 years old, Harris supported the public health needs of residents of Buncombe, Wake, Caldwell and Mecklenburg counties. She joined Mecklenburg County as Director of Health in 2017 and has spent the last four years leading a department of more than 900 professionals providing access to services ranging from immunizations and testing for STDs to WIC. Harris was also instrumental in providing expert supervision to new initiatives designed to improve the health outcomes of our most vulnerable residents through programs such as “Getting to Zero Mecklenburg” and efforts to improve access to food.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Harris work alongside colleagues in the county and across the state to dungeon county residents and staff are safe and informed as well as to serve as county leadership resource, help navigate the intricacies of the pandemic world.

Congratulations on a well deserved and hard earned honor!


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