Mayor of the Year

Every year, the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association (PSMA) invites officials of the municipalities of its member Mayors to consider whether their Mayors have had a significant impact upon their communities and are worthy of the title "Mayor of the Year." Nominees are expected to be leaders in their municipalities and have extraordinary accomplishments. The 2017 Mayor of the Year is..

Mayor of Carroll Valley Borough

2017 Mayor of the Year

Mayor Ron Harris of Carroll Valley Borough in Adams County is one of the most accomplished Mayors ever to receive the "Mayor of the Year" Award. As Mayor, he has been involved in many different projects which have benefitted people in his Borough, region, County and on a statewide basis. In each of these endeavors, Mayor Harris was selected to be the leader or played a major role in the project’s success.

At the municipal level, Mayor Harris has gone far beyond his responsibilities as Mayor. He is the Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Planning Commission. His accomplishments include: organizing a working group that brought cell-phone coverage to the Boroughs of Carroll Valley and Fairfield, successfully advocating for improved bus service for Borough residents, starting a popular annual Independence Day celebration and observances of "National Night Out." Mayor Harris was the driving force behind the planning, funding and construction of Carroll Valley's state-of-the-art borough building.

Regionally, Mayor Harris was a guiding force in the creation of the Fairfield Regional Emergency Management Agency. He is a member and the past President of the Carroll Valley Citizens' Association. As the President of Community Media, he worked to bring cable coverage to the meetings of the Carroll Valley Borough Council so that residents could see their Borough government in action firsthand.

At the County level, Mayor Harris was a consultant to the Adams County Commissioners on the planning and implementation of a $26.3 million county-wide first responders radio system. He is the President of the Adams County Boroughs Association and the editor of its monthly newsletter. His dedication to and hard work on behalf of that Association resulted in an award being created and named after him, as its first recipient. Mayor Harris was also a member and Chair of the York/Adams County Tax Bureau.

Borough, City and Home Rule Township Mayors from all over the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have benefitted from Mayor Harris' research and teaching skills. He is the creator and twice presenter of four different workshops entitled: I’ve Been Elected Mayor, Now What?, The Role of the Mayor in an Emergency, The Role of the Mayor in Law Enforcement, and The Role of the Mayor as Community Leader. From the first PSMA Annual Conference that he attended, Mayor Harris has memorialized the events of each Conference with his photography. All of this is in addition to his work on the PSMA Executive Board as the Vice-President for the South Central Region, where, among other successes, he played a key role in revising the Borough Mayors Manual and serving on the Ad Hoc Committee to Update the Office of Borough Mayor.

Mayor Harris 32 years of public service began well before his 12 years as a Borough Mayor when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, but not before receiving the Department of Defense Meritorious Medal for his project management work on installing the first computer systems in military health facilities.

With his many accomplishments and dedication to the office of Mayor, the PSMA calls upon all Mayors to recognize and congratulate Mayor Ron Harris as our 2017 "Mayor of the Year."


Nominating Form for the 2018 Mayor of the Year

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