Harden gains mayor post for fourth time

By Stephen Betts | Nov 22, 2011
Photo by: Stephen Betts Mayor Brian Harden

Rockland — Rockland Mayor Brian Harden said this year will be the most challenging in his years on the council.

The council re-elected Harden as mayor Monday night, Nov. 21 on a 3-2 vote. Harden was supported by Councilors Eric Hebert and William Clayton.

Councilors Elizabeth Dickerson and Larry Pritchett voted for Dickerson for mayor.

This is the fourth time that Harden will serve in the post. He has served as mayor for the past year and also was elected mayor in 2005 and 2006. He has served as mayor more times than any councilor except Tom Molloy who was elected to the post seven times.

"This will be an incredibly challenging year," Harden said.

He cited the hiring of a city manager as one of the first challenges before the council. He reminded the public that it should attend the public forum next week to voice their sentiments on what qualities the next manager should have.

As soon as the hiring is done, he noted the council will need to delve into review of the 2012-2013 municipal budget.

"We can't let property taxes go any higher," Harden said. "We're going to have to hold the line on property taxes as much as possible."

The mayor serves as moderator at council meetings, nominates people to city boards, and participates in ceremonial events.

Harden is serving in his fourth consecutive three-year term on the council.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 24, 2011 06:09

Excellent idea, Steve. Even though I may not always agree with their decisions am thankful for those who serve. Hope they are up to the tough decisions that will come before them.

Posted by: Steve Waterman | Nov 23, 2011 22:31

Perhaps there should be an equalization of property taxes based on a formula derived from actual present assessed value. Then spending would be adjusted to reflect these differences. Things would change markedly, but would be good training for when things inevitably go down the tubes.

Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Nov 22, 2011 07:40

The City of Rockland voters should have the priviledge of electing their Mayor and look into term limits. "When nothing changes, nothing changes".

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