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Harmon: It's Been a Privilege to Serve Town

Committeeman ends tenure on Washington Township's governing body.

After three years of volunteering his time to the municipality as a committeeman, Vice Mayor James Harmon’s tenure on the governing body has officially come to a close after December’s regular meeting on Monday night.

Harmon, who served his final year of the term as vice mayor, was also the liaison to the police department in addition to many other roles, and often stepped in for Mayor Ken Short at regional meetings.

“I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working alongside Jim,” said Short. “I thank you for volunteering, and I will certainly use you as a resource.”

Those sentiments were echoed by fellow committeeman Jim LiaBraaten, who served with Harmon on the Washington Township School Board as well as on the governing body.

“There have been some long nights of getting work done,” LiaBraaten said to Harmon. “But I can't think of anyone I’d rather serve with than you.”

Harmon made the decision not to run for re-election in April of this year, saying that he was looking forward to spending more time with his family. .

The outgoing committeeman said his final meeting would not be a time for reflection, rather one for giving thanks to those he’s had the privilege to work with during his tenure.

“The municipal employees in this town do all the work,” Harmon said. “We sit up here and make decisions, but all the work is done by them. It’s truly amazing what we have here in this town.”

Harmon showed his appreciation for the as well, saying “I believe we have one of the best forces in the state. It’s a stand-up department and a privilege to work with. And they’re human, too. These guys go out and bring food to residents, check on the elderly. They’re a terrific group.”

And to his fellow volunteers on the committee, Harmon expressed his gratitude for the group’s work over the past three years.

“It’s been a privilege to work with these men on the committee,” Harmon said, who shared time on the governing body with the late Kevin Walsh, former committeeman , and committeeman-elect Tracy Tobin. “All of us are trying to do the same thing and better the community. No one person is making a decision; it’s being done as a group.”

Harmon will continue to be involved with the local Boy Scout troop and is looking forward to spending time with his family.

“I have to thank my wonderful wife and children for dealing with me during this time,” Harmon said. “I’m looking forward to spending time with you, and thank you.”

Joseph Keyes December 21, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Good Luck Mr. Harmon. It was a pleasure meeting you and sharing some thoughts about our neighborhood. Government service, especially on a local level, requires commitment and dedication—thank you for yours. Good luck with the new generator and stay safe, dry, and warm this winter!
RGJ December 21, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Finest kind.
Eileen Stokes December 21, 2011 at 09:32 PM
The Historic Preservation Commission was pleased to have you as our liaison for 2010. Thank you for volunteering your time to our township.

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