Long-time staffer resigns post at Health Department

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BAYBORO – Bryan Harris, a veteran employee of the Pamlico Health Department, resigned last month from his position as Environmental Health Specialist – a job that pays more than $60,000 per year plus fringe benefits. County officials have been tight-lipped about Harris’ reasons for quitting – they cite the North Carolina Personnel Act, which tightly guards an employee’s performance evaluations and all but the most basic of details.

Harris, hired in April of 2003, has been in charge of septic tank approvals and inspections – a high profile responsibility for Pamlico County, where huge swaths of land and possible building sites are far removed from the existing sewer infrastructure.

Attempts by this newspaper to reach Harris were unsuccessful.


Until a replacement for Harris can be found, permit approvals are being handled by a certified third-party contractor, Melanie Campen. Now employed by Duplin County, Campen once worked in tandem with Harris when they both served as Environmental Health Specialists for Pamlico County.