James V. McMahan, Jr.

County Council
Title: County Councilman - District C
Phone: (410) 638-3523
James McMahan - District C

James V. McMahan, Jr., was elected in 2006 and is honored to be serving his second term on the Harford County Council. He represents District C which primarily includes Bel Air. As a member of the Harford County Council, Councilman McMahan serves as the Sheriff’s Office Liaison, on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and the Local Emergency Planning Commission. He also serves as liaison to the Liriodendron Foundation which maintains the former summer home of Dr. Howard Kelly, one of the founding surgeons of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Born and raised in Harford County, Councilman McMahan is the son of the late Chief (Emeritus) J. Vaughan McMahan, and the late Selena P. McMahan, a well-known Bel Air High School Biology teacher. Councilman McMahan is known locally as “Capt’n Jim,” a nickname accrued to him proudly denoting his military and broadcasting background.

Professional Highlights
  • Received a B.A. degree from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps upon graduation in June 1960
  • Attended University of Baltimore Law School
  • Appointed an Academic FELLOW after graduating in 2011 from the University of Maryland’s Academy of Excellence for Local Governance
  • Selected one of “Maryland’s Five Outstanding Young Men” by the Maryland Jaycees on January 27, 1967
  • Instrumental in the formation of the Bel Air Community Band and the Bel Air Community Chorus
  • Life member of the Bel Air Vol. Fire Company and also served as a sworn officer with the Bel Air Police Department
  • Past President, Bel Air Chamber of Commerce
  • One of the original “Founders” of the Bel Air Fourth of July Parade
  • Past president and founder of the Ripken Museum in Aberdeen
  • Affiliated with WBAL Radio and Television for many years and became General Manager of WVOB in Bel Air in 1968. In 1978, Mr. McMahan and a group of investors purchased WAMD in Aberdeen. He became the majority stockholder and hosted the morning show until his retirement in 2003. For 36 years he began his day with…”Hello again, everybody…time to start the day with your Captain and friends.”
  • He served on the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners (2003-2006)
  • Elected to the Harford County Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010

Army Veteran
Federal Service
  • Commissioned 6 June 60 2Lt Sig Corps USAR
  • Schooled at Ft Monmouth NJ
  • Assigned to128th Signal Company Tobyhanna, PA. When transferred to HHC Commander he researched the history of the 128th Signal Company and the 972d Signal Battalion and found the Battalion to be the recipient of a meritorious unit citation. Ceremonies were initiated to re-issue the unit citation to each member of the unit in public ceremony at Tobyhanna Army Depot. Lt McMahan was given special recognition by LTC Ed Miccio, Commanding Officer of the 972nd Signal Battalion for bringing forgotten credit and recognition back to the unit. Printed in The Daily Record, Stroudsburg Pa 9 Feb 62

State Service
  • After separating from the Army Reserve (Federal Service) he received a Commission from then Governor William Donald Shaffer to Serve in the MD Defense Force, formerly known as the MD State Guard (also referred to as the MD Militia in the Revolutionary era).
  • As a member of the MD Defense Force, a component of the Military Department of MD, under the Adjutant General, the work LTC (MD) McMahan did to assist the APG Command in bringing 3 "Bob Hope Type Shows" to APG during the Christmas Holidays of the first Gulf War, is also well documented. For these efforts a letter of achievement was received from Gen Johnny Wilson and a follow up certificate from DA*
  • Numerous recognitions were received while serving in the MDDF. LTG(MD) James Fretterd Adjutant General for MD awarded the Maryland Meritorious Service medal to LTC (MD) McMahan. This same award is given to both MD National Guard members and MDDF members.
  • Col(MD) McMahan retired from the active Defense Force after serving as G3 under BG (MD) Hall Worthington
  • In 2009 Col(MD) McMahan was awarded the French National Defense Medal, Gold Echelon* (A Military and Civilian French Award) at the USNA along with BG (MD) Hall Worthington and a French Naval Officer serving at the Naval Academy
*Awards received during State service are not recorded in Federal records (201 file) (updated 2013)

James McMahan - District C 

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