MainStreet DeLand director leaving
It will be a bittersweet parting for Mary Beth Harris, when she leaves her job this summer as executive director of the MainStreet DeLand Association.
Harris notified the organization’s board of directors May 3 that her family would be moving to Punta Gorda, after her husband, Ty Harris, accepted a job as assistant county attorney for Charlotte County.
Mary Beth Harris plans to keep working until June 15 for MainStreet, a city-supported nonprofit that promotes Downtown DeLand and stages events to bring people to the central shopping district.
“I’m going to miss DeLand and my family here, but I’m very excited for Ty and this new chapter in our lives,” Mary Beth Harris said. “We’ll always have ties to Volusia County. My parents are here, and Ty’s mom is here. We’ll be back to visit.”
Harris took the reins at MainStreet in December 2012, after Executive Director Jack
Becker retired. Before that, she spent a year as assistant director. Before that, Harris had been a MainStreet volunteer for 15 years.
The MainStreet Association will immediately begin the job of accepting applications and hiring a new executive director. Advertising of the job began May 8, and by the end of that day, XX applications had already been received. The job pays between $35,000 and $45,000.