Former Centerville city administrator to run for mayor

Former Centerville City Administrator John R. Harley announced Thursday he will run for mayor of the city in the November election.

Harley, 65, who is retired from the Air Force, said he plans to use connections from his time as city administrator from 2001 to 2004 to bring businesses and other revenue generators to the area.

“I feel like there’s things I can do,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for me and the city.”

Harley grew up in Savannah and graduated from high school there before attending Michigan State University and Indiana University.

He served 34 years in the Air Force, retiring in 1994 while serving as inspector general at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base.

While the job of Centerville mayor is currently a part-time position, Harley said he would devote full-time hours.

“I have the time to work full-time without it impacting other things,” he said. “I know we’re having financial problems and we need some guidance in those areas. We also need to work on getting more businesses here.”

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.