Councilmember Deborah (Deb) Harris

Councilmember Deborah (Deb) Harris was elected to council 2022


Deborah Harris was elected in November to a two-year term after running as a write-in candidate for Flagstaff City Council. Deb moved to Flagstaff in 1993 to accept a job as Area Coordinator for Apartments & Family Housing in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at Northern Arizona University.  She served in that role for several years before moving to the Office of Student Life as Associate Dean of Students.  Deborah served in that role for many years before retiring from NAU in 2017.

In the 30 years that Deb has lived in Flagstaff, she has been involved in a variety of community organizations including, FUSD #1, United Way, Coconino County African Diaspora Advisory Council, Flagstaff Police Department Citizen Liaison Committee, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc, Flagstaff Alumni Chapter Kappa Sigma Sigma, Flagstaff Symphony, and the Southside Community Association.


Deborah earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a Master’s of Science in Education, both from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Deborah feels that it is important to not just live in a community but to be a part of the community.  Giving back to her community is important and she has demonstrated this by her involvement in various organizations.  She firmly believes in the quote “that to whom much is given, much is expected.” Deb loves to sew, learning this skill from her grandmother as a young girl.   Her favorite items to sew are little girls’ dresses and coats.  Many little girls in Flagstaff have been gifted one of her dresses.

Personal Note

I believe in the power of “beloved community” and that is the reason I decided to run for city council.  I care about Flagstaff and those who live here.  I will work to improve the quality of life for all and to make the best decisions that I can based on the information that is available to me. I believe as community members we can disagree without being disagreeable.  

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    Deborah Harris


  2. Doris Mensah

    Executive Assistant to the Council