Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon on Monday announced that he will not seek reelection next year.
“This has been a real good ride and I’m now in my 27th year as county judge,” Harmon said. “I’ve met a lot of good people along the way and this commissioners court I think is one of the best we’ve had. I, and I know everyone else on this court, keeps the public in mind. We are servants. I don’t call myself a politician. I call myself a servant. I never sought this job for the money. In fact, I had a successful insurance business where I made more money at the time.
“But I live for three things: God, family and friends. And because of [God] I’ve seen doors open that I couldn’t open and I give him all the glory for all in my life.”
Harmon made his announcement during Monday’s commissioners court meeting.
As he did when he began his initial campaign 28 years ago, Harmon opened Monday’s meeting by quoting a portion of Jeremiah 29:11, “Yes, I know what plans I have in mind for you.”
Harmon, while reciting the verse, teared up and paused momentarily.
“For me, this verse has always affirmed that God is in control of our lives,” Harmon said. “That when you have difficult times, and we all do, you can always go to our Lord and saviour.
“This has been a really good job for me, one I’ve loved. I’ve always felt that this was a God-given direction in my life and that’s a good feeling, that he has plans for your life.”
Harmon said he intends to carry out his current term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2022.
“I felt that now was the time to announce my retirement, however,” Harmon said. “Because I know there are people ready to run for this office and they’re going to need to sign up by this December. For that reason I wanted to formally announce that I will not seek reelection for the next election for county judge.”
Harmon spoke of former commissioners and officials including several who have passed away. Harmon also mentioned Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley’s recent retirement announcement and noted that several county judges around the state have also decided to retire.
His decision, Harmon said, had nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic though he added that it did make for challenging times over the past year.
“I know this wasn’t an easy announcement for you to make,” County Commissioner Rick Bailey said.
Bailey wondered whether Harmon might be Johnson County’s longest serving official.
“Certainly you’ve earned all your grey hairs and all those that have fallen out,” Bailey joked.
Commissioner Larry Woolley joined Bailey in congratulating Harmon on his long tenure.
“But, you still have a year and a half to go,” Woolley joked. “So we plan to continue to beat up on you until then.”