JUDGE ROGER HARMON BIOGRAPHY
County Judge Roger Harmon was born and raised in the County Seat of Johnson County. He attended Cleburne schools and also Hill and Tarrant Junior Colleges.
"I am very honored to have been married 45 years to the former Martha Hindman and am the Father of two grown children, Greg and Wendi. One of my greatest joys in life is my grandchildren, Trevor, Tessa, Hunter, Marissa and Mason. I also serve as a deacon and adult Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church of Godley. Prior to becoming County Judge in 1995, I successfully owned and operated my own insurance company in Cleburne for 20 years with a branch in Burleson."
Judge Harmon states "I am firmly committed to the principles of conservatism in matters concerning management of County business affairs." During the past seventeen years, Johnson County has experienced a population increase from 97,165 to 152,000 making our growth rate one of the highest in the State. This dramatic growth has presented a multitude of challenges, and opportunities for all County offices. "I am very pleased with the manner in which our offices have been able to respond and effectively deal with this rapidly changing environment while at the same time providing our citizens with quality services. I sincerely believe that through our sound planning and conservative management philosophies, Johnson County will continue to be successful in dealing with all future challenges."
Some of the accomplishments during my term as County Judge are:
Received Grant from the Texas Historical Preservation Program for $4 Million to Restore the Historical Courthouse
Guinn Justice Center completed in 2004 to be used as Justice Center
*Received Award from Texas Association of Counties for 2005 Best Practice Outstanding Achievement Award
*Received Award from Cleburne Chamber of Commerce for Community Improvement Award
Purchase of 4 parcels of property with buildings from Cleburne Independent School District for expansion and better service of County Departments.
Assembled a Johnson County Task force to develop an order to regulate sexually oriented business in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County
Worked with the Public Utility Commission in order to keep our 817 area code for most of our county
Instrumental in the Creation of a Personnel Department to represent all the employees of the county in a proactive way and to build a positive working environment for them
Worked with the Johnson County Economic Development Commission to create a stronger tax base with added new jobs for our citizens
Character First Program Implemented the planning and building of the Guinn Justice CenterCompleted Law Enforcement Expansion for overnighter and trustees
New expansion for the Law Enforcement Center which added 288 more beds
Worked with ISS to start our first Web site for the County
Completed work with TxDOT for the widening of Hwy 67
Working on plans with TxDOT for Hwy 121 – Chisholm Trail Parkway
Newly Constructed Adult Probation BuildingWorking on Plans to Construct a New Alvarado Sub-Courthouse
The future goals of our County are to complete plans on Hwy 121 and, continue working with the Economic Development Commission to attract new business to Johnson County.
The following is a list of my public involvement in Cleburne, Johnson County and the State of Texas:
President of the Texas Association of Counties, County Judges and Commissioners Association 2012-2013
Past President of the Texas Association of Counties, North & East County Judges and Commissioners Association
Member of the North Central Texas Regional Transportation Committee
Member of many Chambers of Commerce throughout Johnson County
Past Member Hill College Technical and Workforce Advisory Council
Member Ex-Officio of Cleburne Chamber of Commerce
Past Board Member of Operation Blessing
Past Board Member of the Pecan Valley Mental Health & Retardation Board
Member Ex-Officio of Johnson County Economic Development Board
Member Ex-Officio of Johnson County Committee on Aging
Executive Board Member of Texas Association of Counties
Executive Board Member of the Agricultural Extension for Johnson County
Board Member of the Workforce Development Board
Member of the Johnson County Juvenile Board
Past Member of the Conference of Urban Counties State Inter-Governmental Relations Committee
Past Chairman of the Johnson County Elected Officials Council
Past Chairman of the Industrial Division of the Johnson County United Way
Past Advisory Board Member of the Child Study Center, Fort Worth
Served as Vice President of the Cleburne YMCA
Served six years as member of the Cleburne I.S.D. Board of Trustees
"I pledge to keep an open dialogue between Johnson County and all the surrounding cities in order to continue moving forward with the growth of our County and to the employees to continue improving the working relationships within our offices."