MACo Mourns the Loss of Harford County’s “Capt’n Jim” McMahan

“Capt’n Jim” McMahan – honored veteran and former Harford County Council Member – died on April 14 at the age of 82.

Capt’n Jim was a lifelong Bel Air resident, serving as a Bel Air Town Commissioner and Harford County Council Member during his career in public service. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1978. Capt’n Jim held many titles and received numerous awards and honorary titles for his commitment to his community. Most recently, in 2020, he was honored as an outstanding veteran volunteer and in 2021, he was nominated to be a Harford Living Treasure.

Capt’n Jim was an involved and much beloved MACo member, frequently attending and actively participating in MACo’s meetings and events. He was a champion for veterans’ issues on the local level.

MACo Conference Panel “Serving Those Who Served Our Country”
moderated by then Council Member McMahan, at the lectern

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman ordered the Harford flag lowered in honor of Capt’n Jim and plans to rename the county’s Veteran’s Affairs Commission for the former Council Member:

“Capt’n Jim brought great passion to everything he did as a public servant and I will always be grateful to him for revitalizing our veterans affairs commission.In his honor I plan to send legislation to the County Council renaming it the James V. “Captn Jim” McMahan Commission on Veterans Affairs.” On behalf of the many lives he touched, I have ordered the Harford County flag lowered in his memory as we send blessings for his family and friends.”

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 30, at Bel Air United Methodist Church, 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014. A memorial service will be at the same location at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1.

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