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Elect Capt’n Jim

Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners


To date, no other candidates’ credentials in the Town Commissioners race compares to Capt’n Jim’s record.


  • Received a B.A. degree from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel)
  • Attended University of Baltimore Law School
  • Earned an Academic FELLOW after graduating in 2011 from the University of Maryland’s Academy of Excellence for Local Governance, School of Public Policy 

Harford County Councilman – District C

James V. McMahan, Jr., was elected in 2006 and served three terms on the Harford County Council (2006-2018). Serving as Vice President 2014-2018.

He represented District “C” which primarily includes Bel Air. As a member of the Harford County Council, Councilman McMahan served as the Sheriff’s Office Liaison, on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and the Local Emergency Planning Commission.

Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners

James V. McMahan, Jr., served on the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners (2002-2006)

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 Department of the Army*
  • 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. One of the highest non combat medals awarded by the State
  • 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
  • In 2018 COL (MD) McMahan was awarded the Department of the Army Commanding Generals’ medal for public service.

Federal Service – Army

Colonel (MD) Retired

  • 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

Professional Service

  • 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.”

Local Service

  • Selected one of “Maryland’s Five Outstanding Young Men” by the Maryland Jaycees
  • Instrumental in the formation of the Bel Air Community Band and Director Emeritus of 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