Sandra Traylor’s retirement from City Hall left a vacancy in the Mayor’s office and an opportunity for Del Gabbard to hire someone with the skills needed to help Greenwood continue to advance as a town and a community. After interviewing several applicants, he decided on a woman named Brooke Holland.
Holland is a 1999 graduate of Northside High School in Fort Smith. Like so many others, she moved here shortly after getting married to raise a family. "I always thought my kids would go to Northside, but after living here, I’ve grown to love Greenwood," she states. Her husband of 11 years, Dustin and their two children, nine-year-old Madelyn and one-year-old Cody are Holland’s main reasons for falling in love with Greenwood. "It’s nice to walk in to Yeager’s and have someone call you by name. You don’t get that in Fort Smith."
Holland went to college at Westark right out of high school, but put her college plans on hold when she got married. Since moving to Greenwood, she has completed her basic coursework for a bachelor’s degree at UAFS and then transferred to Arkansas Tech’s online program. She will graduate from Arkansas Tech in August with a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Prior to becoming the Mayor’s Administrative Assistant, Holland was the Administrative Assistant and Rental Manager for Norris Construction in Fort Smith where she was the companies main human resources contact. Additionally, she worked as the Pro Cert Coordinator at Cooper Clinic here in Greenwood. Cooper Clinic sponsored her for her internship requirement for graduation from Arkansas Tech.
Holland plans to familiarize herself with every administrative task at City Hall as well as assist (or lead) in coordinating new HR procedures. She would also like to find a way to connect a younger generation to City Hall. "A lot of people my age aren’t involved in the town. I would like to help change that," she explained. She has already revitalized the City of Greenwood’s Facebook presence and plans to maintain it with pictures and posts of the everyday public activities that occur at City Hall.