GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – The Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) organization recently announced its Top 100 Local Government Influencers for 2022, with a record three Gaston County employees making the list: Human Resources Director Amia Massey, Budget Analyst Elizabeth McGee, and Chief of Staff Justin Amos.
Each year, ELGL seeks nominations for the list and selects leaders who serve their communities with excellence and have a positive influence in their respective organizations. In 2021, Budget & Strategy Director Janet Schafer was named to the list, with then-Assistant County Manager Michael Halford making the list in 2020.
Massey was named Gaston County Human Resources Director during the COVID-19 pandemic. Described as “honest, passionate, and brave,” she has a heart for public service and does not shy away from a challenge. Massey is also known for encouraging and influencing those around her to work together to achieve a common goal.
McGee serves as the Budget Analyst for the Office of Budget & Strategy. McGee came to the county through its fellowship program, and is described as “compassionate, brilliant, and creative.” She uses that creativity and compassion to address the needs of the community, by bringing awareness as a co-host on the county’s podcast or through her work on the Homelessness Prevention Committee.
Amos serves in the County Manager’s Office as the Finance & Partner Agency Manager and Chief of Staff. “Positive, encouraging, and resourceful,” Amos fosters strong relationships within Gaston County Government and the community at large. He ensures that everyone’s hard work does not go unnoticed and celebrates their accomplishments.
“To have one employee named to this list is great, but to have three is absolutely phenomenal,” said Dr. Kim S. Eagle, county manager. “Having our staff named to a national list demonstrates the level of commitment our employees have to our mission of providing excellent public service every day. I could not be prouder.”