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Carroll Valley Mayor receives Mayor of the Year award

Danielle Ryan

(8/22) Carroll Valley Mayor Ron Harris received the Mayor of the Year Award on July 22 at the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association meeting held in Erie Pennsylvania. Several Mayors from all across the state of Pennsylvania attended the August 15 Borough Council meeting to once again honor Mayor Harris with the award, this time in front of family, friends and the entire Carroll Valley community that he serves.

"The Mayor of the Year Award is the most prestigious award that any Mayor could receive," said Whitehall and Allegheny Borough Mayor and President of the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association, Mayor James Nowalk. The nomination and votes come from colleagues and other Mayors throughout the state. "Who knows you better than your own peers?" stated Mayor Nowalk. Carroll Valley Borough Council President Sarah Skoczen nominated Mayor Harris this year for all of his outstanding work in the community, not only in Carroll Valley but also across Adams County. This nomination went before the Mayor of the Year Committee that consists of a group of six Mayors covering each region of Pennsylvania.

Mayor Keith Moss, Chair of the Mayor of the Year Committee, presented Mayor Harris with the award and noted just a few of the many organizations that Mayor Harris is involved in. Mayor Harris is the chairman of Fairfield Emergency Management Agency, member of the Adams County Tax Collections Committee, Adams County Borough Association, Adams County Council of Governments, Adams County Re-assessment Appeals Board, Vice President of the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association, and member of the Southwest Regional Comprehensive Planning Committee. "Can you do anything else?" joked Borough Manager Dave Hazlett when reading the extensive list of accomplishments and organizations Mayor Harris has been involved in.

"It is my distinguished honor to be the 2017 Mayor of the Year," said Mayor Harris. "This is such a special moment in my life of service to my country and my community. To be selected by my peers means so much to me." Mayor Harris has served the community for over 33 years; eleven of those years were spent fulfilling the role of Carroll Valley Mayor. He thanked Borough staff members and Council members who behind the scenes work every day to help improve the community as well as his family who has been his main support system throughout his entire time as Mayor.

Senator Richard Alloway, Congressman Scott Perry, and Representative Dan Moul sent letters of congratulations and awards of superb recognition to Borough staff to present to Mayor Harris. In his letter, Senator Alloway regarded Mayor Harris as a "smart, kind and humble servant" who is widely recognized for his efforts and services throughout the community. Congratulations abound for Mayor Harris, for everything he has done for the community, recognition this year is dually deserved.

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