[photo, James M. Harkins, former County Executive, Harford County, Maryland] JAMES M. HARKINS
County Executive (Republican), 1998-2005

Member, Charter Review Board, Harford County, 1987.

Member of House of Delegates, 1991-98, representing District 35A (Harford County). Member, Judiciary Committee, 1991-97 (ranking minority member, 1995-97; criminal justice subcommittee). Appropriations Committee, 1998 (public safety & administration subcommittee; oversight committee on pensions; oversight committee on personnel); Joint Committee on Investigation, 1993-98. Vice-Chair, Harford County Delegation, 1993-98. Member, American Legislative Exchange Council (criminal justice task force, 1992; national task force on agriculture, 1993).

Member, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Harford County, 1991-98. Member, Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1996-98.

County Executive, Harford County, December 7, 1998 to June 30, 2005. Resigned June 30, 2005. Board of Directors, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, 1998-2005 (chair, 2001; member, legislative committee). Board of Visitors, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, 1998-. Member, Commission on Transportation Investment, 1999; Task Force to Ensure Utility Services, 1999-2000; Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2002-03; Governor's Commission on the Structure and Efficiency of State Government, 2003 (chair, law enforcement agencies subcommittee); Transportation Task Force, 2003; Governor's Commission on Quality Education in Maryland, 2004-05 (subcommittee on school & community linkages). Board of Trustees, State Retirement and Pension System, 2004- (chair, administrative committee, 2005-; member, audit committee, 2011-13; corporate governance committee, 2013-; investment committee, 2015-).

Director, Maryland Environmental Service, since July 1, 2005. Member, Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, 2005-; Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force, 2010. Board of Directors, Upper Chesapeake Health System, University of Maryland Medical System Corporation, 2015-. Member, Phosphorus Management Tool Transition Advisory Committee, 2015-; Task Force on the Maryland Clean Energy Center, 2016-.

Born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, December 29, 1953. Attended Bel Air Senior High School; Harford Community College, A.A. (criminal justice), 1987. Former sergeant, Sheriff's Department, Harford County. Chair, Republican Central Committee, Harford County, 1987-90. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 1996, 2000, 2004. President, Maryland Association of Counties, 2004 (treasurer, 2000-01; secretary, 2001). Past president, North Harford Republican Club; Harford Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police. Member, Highland Community Association; Mt. Ararat Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (AF&AM). Police Officer of the Year - Harford County, Baltimore Sun, 1981. Deputy of the Year, Harford County Sheriff's Department, 1981. Law Enforcement Award, Susquehanna Optimist Club. Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, Sons of the American Revolution. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, 1993. Legislative Appreciation Award, Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, 1993. Member, Emory United Methodist Church. Married; two children.

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