Jim Harris: Candidate For Bourbon County Commission

Jim Harris..

This is part of a series of features on the candidates running for offices in Bourbon County.  The Bourbon County Primary Election will be held, Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Monday, July 20, is the candidate forum at Ellis Fine Arts Center, on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton.  Doors open at 5:30  p.m. for a meet and greet with candidates. The forum starts at 6 p.m. in the order of federal, state, then local  candidates.

Jim Harris, 65, is a candidate for Bourbon County Commissioner District 2.

He has eighteen years of public leadership experience, he said.

“For seven years, I served for the City of Fort Scott as the codes director, planning and zoning administrator and was in charge of special public works projects for the city,” Harris said.

More recently he has worked for Bourbon County.

“I have served for eleven years as the Bourbon County Public Works Director,” he said. ” Over my eleven years with the county, my responsibilities have included emergency preparedness director, sanitation inspector, road and bridge and landfill director, implementing a 10-year equipment replacement program, and a 10-year road improvement program. I have experience in grant writing and grant administration.”

“Also, I have thirteen years of experience as a territory manager working with cities and counties and their budgets in the areas of equipment planning, equipment purchases, budgeting and financing,” Harris said.

What is your priority on day one, if elected?

“The greatest challenges for Bourbon County are efficient and responsible spending, economic growth, and health care,” he said.  “Good decisions made today can propel Bourbon County into a path of success for years to come. If elected I would work with all departments to assure tax dollars are being spent in a responsible manner. Partnerships need to be formed between the cities, county, and local school districts to try and work together to save tax dollars. The cities and county need to come together and make sure the citizens of Bourbon County have access to good health care services such as a hospital.”

Harris attended Fort Scott Community College.

The following is information provided on the Bourbon County Kansas website.

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