“Even though city manager Jim Collard is gone, we need new commissioners who recognize that changes must be made and won’t wait four years to attempt to solve the problem. With that idea in mind, I announce my candidacy for the City Commission from Ward 3,” James Harrod said.

“I served four years on the commission from 2000 to 2004.

“I decided to seek this office again after a number of people who opposed me four years ago encouraged me to run again. They determined that the city had paid a big price for not having a commissioner from Ward 3 who was willing to stand up and tell the truth and not wait until the election time rolled around.”


“Even though city manager Jim Collard is gone, we need new commissioners who recognize that changes must be made and won’t wait four years to attempt to solve the problem. With that idea in mind, I announce my candidacy for the City Commission from Ward 3,” James Harrod said.
“I served four years on the commission from 2000 to 2004.
“I decided to seek this office again after a number of people who opposed me four years ago encouraged me to run again. They determined that the city had paid a big price for not having a commissioner from Ward 3 who was willing to stand up and tell the truth and not wait until the election time rolled around.”
The people of Shawnee need commissioners who understand that our city is in trouble and needs strong leaders who are not afraid to make difficult decisions, Harrod said.
“A commissioner who is there for the citizens of Shawnee and not for protecting or covering up city mistakes,” he said.
He said, “As an electrical contractor, I have had to deal with the City Code enforcement division, as well as other departments, and have first-hand knowledge of what disarray of ordinances exists in many departments. The city of Shawnee has excellent employees who are only enforcing what the city manager and city commissioners impose on them.
“We must hire a competent city manager as quickly as possible in order to get back on track in solving our water, trash, streets and infrastructure problems,” Harrod said. “I believe that my varied background in education and business will prove useful in accomplishing these goals. While serving on the commission, I killed the sidewalk to nowhere program only to have it reinstated by the present commissioners. I also opposed changing from BFI on garbage collection because they had a local landfill.”
He said the city’s citizens need two times a week trash pick up not one time a week. “And a company who will pick up your trash even if it is not in the poly cart. And a trash company that will have and open up the landfill.
“As a result of their unwarranted efforts, I helped set up the city manager’s evaluation program which was used to terminate Jim Collard’s contract without the threat of a lawsuit. I will have more to say about these subjects in detail as the campaign progresses,” Harrod said.
Harrod is a graduate of Seminole High School and East Central State University with a major in math andphysics. He also earned masters degrees from OU and OSU in education administration.
Harrod served in civic clubs and education organizations as well as the Pottawatomie Country Fair Board for five years and the Oklahoma Educator’s Association Credit Union for 18 years.  He and his wife Kaye attend Immanuel Baptist Church.